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Author Zurn, Christopher F., 1966-
Title Deliberative democracy and the institutions of judicial review / Christopher F. Zurn.
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Author Zurn, Christopher F., 1966-
Subject Judicial review -- United States.
Constitutional courts -- United States.
Legislative power -- United States.
Executive power -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 366 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 342-354) and index.
Contents Pt. I. Introduction. An old chestnut is actually two ; Pathologies of ad hoc triangulation ; Functions and institutions -- pt. II. Majoritarian democracy and minoritarian constitutionalism. Judicial review as substantially legitimate protection of minority rights ; Judicial review as procedurally legitimate protection of democracy ; Moving beyond aggregative majoritarianism and minoritarian constitutionalism -- pt. III. From majoritarian to deliberative theories of constitutional democracy. Deliberative democracy: four axes of analysis ; Constitutionalism: four central elements ; Constitutional democracy? -- pt. IV. Deliberative democracy and substantive constitutionalism. Keepers of the substantive flame of American exceptionalism ; Guardians of the moral law in the forum of principle ; Are substantialist defenses of judicial review self-defeating? -- pt. V. Disagreement and the constitution of democracy. Democratic precommitment to judicial review: Freeman ; Deliberative majoritarianism and the paternalism of judicial review: Waldron ; Upshot: we need a theory of democratic constitutionalism -- pt. VI. The seducements of juristic discourse as democratic deliberation. A division of labor between juristic deliberation and populist aggregation? ; Actual juristic discourse in the United States system of constitutional adjudication ; Legal principles and moral-political reasoning -- pt. VII. Constitutionalism as the procedural structuring of deliberative democracy. A provisional summary: criteria for an adequate theory of constitutional review ; Guardians of the conditions of procedural legitimacy: Habermas -- pt. VIII. The institutions of constitutional review I: design problems and judicial review. The problems of designing institutions of constitutional review ; Independent constitutional courts in a concentrated review system -- pt. IX. The Institutions of constitutional review II: horizontal dispersal and vertical empowerment. Self-review panels in the legislature and regulatory agencies ; Mechanisms for inter-branch debate and decisional dispersal ; Easing formal amendability requirements ; Establishing civic constitutional fora.
Summary In this book, Christopher F. Zurn shows why a normative theory of deliberative democratic constitutionalism yields the best understanding of the legitimacy of constitutional review. He further argues that this function should be institutionalized in a complex, multi-location structure including not only independent constitutional courts but also legislative and executive self-review that would enable interbranch constitutional dialogue and constitutional amendment through deliberative civic constitutional forums. Drawing on sustained critical analyses of diverse pluralist and deliberative democratic arguments concerning the legitimacy of judicial review, Zurn concludes that constitutional review is necessary to ensure the procedural requirements for legitimate democratic self-rule through deliberative cooperation. Claiming that pure normative theory is not sufficient to settle issues of institutional design, Zurn draws on empirical and comparative research to propose reformed institutions of constitutional review that encourage the development of fundamental law as an ongoing project of democratic deliberation and decision.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780511279195 (electronic bk.)
0511279191 (electronic bk.)
0511278594 (electronic bk.)
9780511278594 (electronic bk.)
0521867347 (Cloth)
9780521867344 (Cloth)
OCLC # 271789872

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