The Judicial System

The Administration and Politics of Justice

Carlo Guarnieri, Alma Mater (Honorary) Professor of Political Science and Patrizia Pederzoli, Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

This timely book explores the expansion of the role of judges and courts in the political system and the mixed reactions generated by these developments. In this comprehensive book, Carlo Guarnieri and Patrizia Pederzoli draw on a wealth of experience in teaching and research in the field, moving beyond traditional legal analysis and providing a clear, concise and all-encompassing introduction to the phenomenon of the administration of justice and all of its traits.

‘This book is a brilliant interdisciplinary introduction to the role of the courts and their judicial actors in the current time of political transition. The authors not only elaborate on the dynamic role between politics and courts in a long-term perspective within constitutional and judicial cultures, but they also analyze the increasingly expansive constitutional justice within a strong “culture of rights”. This is a first class book in the fields of human rights law, constitutional law, procedural law, political science and comparative legal history.’
­– Kjell Å Modéer, Lund University, Sweden

‘Guarnieri and Pederzoli offer us a critical assessment of where judges fit into modern democratic institutions where trust in politics can no longer be taken for granted. Their approach is thorough and thought-provoking, drawing on the contemporary experiences of many different countries. It is a “must” for political scientists and lawyers, as well as for the general reader wanting to be informed on a vital issue for today’s constitutions.’
– John Bell, University of Cambridge, UK

‘In a time of democratic malaise, deterioration and, in some cases, even deep crisis, an analysis of the effective workings of the judicial system and its politically relevant connections is especially necessary to make sense of those problems and consequences for citizens. With this book Guarnieri and Pederzoli have written a definitive contribution to such understanding.’
– Leonardo Morlino, LUISS Guido Carli, Italy

‘This book will be invaluable for specialists in both law and political science who conduct research on comparative politics, comparative law, and law and politics. It is also accessible enough to serve as a core text in courses on comparative politics, and the judicial process. No other single book has such depth and scope.’
– Malcolm M. Feeley, University of California, Berkeley, US

2020 232 pp Hardback 978 1 83910 035 2 £80.00 £72.00 $120.00 $108.00

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