The book examines the political role of courts in new democracies in Latin America and Africa, focussing on their ability to hold political power-holder accountable when they act outside their constitutionally defined powers. The book also issues a warning: There are problems inherent in the current global move towards strong constitutional government, where increasingly strong powers are placed in judges who themselves are not made accountable.

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Democratization and the judiciary. The accountability function of courts in new democracies
Gloppen, Siri, Roberto Gargarella and Elin Skaar (eds.)

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