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Constitutional Courts and Democratic Values: A European Perspective

Victor Ferreres Comella


This book contrasts the European “centralized” constitutional court model, in which one court system is used to adjudicate constitutional questions, with a decentralized model, such as that of the United States, in which courts deal with both constitutional and nonconstitutional questions. The book's systematic exploration of the reasons for and against the creation of constitutional courts is detailed and it offers an ambitious theory to justify the European preference for them. Based on extensive research on eighteen European countries, the book finds that centralized review fits well with t ... More

Keywords: constitutional questions, nonconstitutional questions, constitutional courts, court system, centralized review, civil law, ordinary adjudication, democratic values, parliamentary democracies, decentralized model

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300148671
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300148671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victor Ferreres Comella, author