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The Rule of Law and Judicial Independence in Newly Democratic Regimes

The Rule of Law and Judicial Independence in Newly Democratic Regimes John E. Finn Just as it is easier to hold elections than to root liberal demothe rule of law as a useful device for new regimes concerned cratic principles in newly independent states, it is easier to with the creation and maintenance of stable governments. export constitutions and to create courts than to install the rule of Understanding how the rule of law promotes energetic and effeclaw.1 There is an important distinction between those societies tive governance will make it more appealing as a principle of that can profess legality and those that advance the rule of law constitutional design and as a live feature of democratic states. 2 But is the rule of law a necessary or even a more generally. Related, and no less important, the rule of law can contribute to desirable component of democratization? democratic stability and maintenance by shaping civic society, by In the abstract, it is not especially reinforcing citizens' commitment to difficult to imagine how the rule of law democracy itself. At the most basic level In the abstract, it is not especially might contribute to democratization. this can occur by persuading citizens difficult to imagine how the rule of Most http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

The Rule of Law and Judicial Independence in Newly Democratic Regimes

The Good Society , Volume 13 (3) – Nov 4, 2004

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John E. Finn Just as it is easier to hold elections than to root liberal demothe rule of law as a useful device for new regimes concerned cratic principles in newly independent states, it is easier to with the creation and maintenance of stable governments. export constitutions and to create courts than to install the rule of Understanding how the rule of law promotes energetic and effeclaw.1 There is an important distinction between those societies tive governance will make it more appealing as a principle of that can profess legality and those that advance the rule of law constitutional design and as a live feature of democratic states. 2 But is the rule of law a necessary or even a more generally. Related, and no less important, the rule of law can contribute to desirable component of democratization? democratic stability and maintenance by shaping civic society, by In the abstract, it is not especially reinforcing citizens' commitment to difficult to imagine how the rule of law democracy itself. At the most basic level In the abstract, it is not especially might contribute to democratization. this can occur by persuading citizens difficult to imagine how the rule of Most

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Published: Nov 4, 2004

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