Week 12 (Mar 30) Judicial Politics in Europe
Professor Jordi Diez
March 30, 2017
Vanberg, G. 2000. “Establishing Judicial Independence in West Germany” Comparative Politics 333-53.
- Overall, I thought this article was very well researched. I think Vanberg definitely proved the U.S
example is very generalizable, in that Madison’s arguments hold weight because they really can
be applied globally. I think Vanberg did a good job proving how his arguments apply in Germany
but had this article been written later it would have benefited by comparing a country such as
Hungary because the power of the mass public and media is obviously why Orban is so
concerned with censoring it. I think the questions raised in Vanberg’s conclusion would be very
interesting applied in Hungary.
Stone Sweet, A. 2007. “The Politics of Constitutional Review in France and Europe” International Journal
of Constitutional Law 5(1): 69-92.
- I did not really like this article because I think the research question is impossible to answer.
First of all, if we’re saying there are no defini