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Constitutional Courts and Democratic ValuesA European Perspective$
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Victor Ferreres Comella

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300148671

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300148671.001.0001

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The Structure of the Constitutional Conversation

The Structure of the Constitutional Conversation

(p.55) Chapter Six The Structure of the Constitutional Conversation
Constitutional Courts and Democratic Values

Víctor Ferreres Comella

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the forms of the constitutional conversation. The chapter argues here that various features of the European model help enhance the public visibility of constitutional courts, as well as their impact on political debates. In a parliamentary system, the legislative body is deemed to be the most representative political institution since its members are directly elected by the people, whereas the officials who occupy the other branches of government are not, as a general rule. Most Western European countries follow this pattern, though in some countries there is also a popularly elected president. France is an exception, however, because the most important figure in the country's executive branch is the prime minister supported by the parliament, not the president.

Keywords:   constitutional conversation, public visibility, parliamentary system, legislative body, France, prime minister, president

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