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Democratic LegitimacyImpartiality, Reflexivity, Proximity$
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Pierre Rosanvallon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149486

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149486.001.0001

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The Institutions of Reflexivity

The Institutions of Reflexivity

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(p.137) Chapter Eight The Institutions of Reflexivity
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Democratic Legitimacy
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Pierre Rosanvallon

, Arthur Goldhammer
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149486.003.0009

This chapter turns to the increasingly active role of constitutional courts. These courts have established themselves—not without reservations and challenges—as an essential vector of the push for greater reflexivity. For a long time the United States, India, and the German Federal Republic stood out as exceptions because of their traditional emphasis on judicial review. Now, however, constitutional courts of one sort or another are at the heart of democratic government everywhere. Indeed, some scholars go so far as to discern a veritable “resurrection” of constitutional thought. It is noteworthy that these new constitutional courts on the whole receive strong support from the public, as numerous comparative surveys have shown, and they count among the most legitimate of democratic institutions.

Keywords:   constitutional courts, reflexivity, constitutional thought, democratic institutions, constitutional oversight, constitution, judicial powers

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