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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Judicial Power
Judicial power
Daniela Piana
Introduction

The notion of judicial power refers to the decision-making processes enacted by a judge or by the system in which the judge operates, notably the court. This concept comprises both the semantics of ‘courts’ and those of ‘judiciary'. If ‘court’ is prevalently used to refer to the ‘agency’ dimension of the judicial power – under an ‘as if’ clause that assigns to the court the nature of a sole actor – the emphasis of the judiciary is on systems, branches and structures, in which are embedded organizational, professional and institutional norms conferring the authority to the agency – whether a single judge or a collective body, such as a court section – that adjudicates a ...

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