This book provides a distinctive new introduction to the study of comparative politics at undergraduate level. Rich in case study material and global in coverage, Comparative Politics sets out the basic theoretical and methodological foundations for studying different political systems as well as the key structures and actors of which they are comprised. 

The Courts

The courts

Chapter Outline

This chapter considers how and why the role of courts, and indeed the judicial process more generally, has become more susceptible to comparative political analysis in recent years. It encompasses a discussion of how this topic has not as yet been central to the three approaches to the ‘new institutionalism’ which form the basis for this book, and how they can be used effectively. In particular, the chapter will examine the rise of judicial power, the centrality of the rule of law to theorising democracy and how a ‘political science’ approach can assist our understanding. The chapter concludes with two case studies.

Introduction: The Rapid Rise of Judicial Power

Until quite recently courts and judges have been the missing element in political science. ...

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