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Scholars have generally assumed that courts in authoritarian states are pawns of their regimes, upholding the interests of governing elites and frustrating the efforts of their opponents. As a result, nearly all studies in comparative judicial politics have focused on democratic and democratizing countries. This volume brings together leading scholars in comparative judicial politics to consider the causes and consequences of judicial empowerment in authoritarian states. It demonstrates the wide range of governance tasks that courts perform, as well as the way in which courts can serve as critical sites of contention both among the ruling elite and between regimes and their citizens. Drawing on empirical and theoretical insights from every major region of the world, this volume advances our understanding of judicial politics in authoritarian regimes.
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Of judges and generals : security courts under authoritarian regimes in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile / Anthony W. Pereira Administrative law and judicial control of agents in authoritarian regimes / Tom Ginsburg Singapore : the exception that proves rules matter / Gordon Silverstein Agents of anti-politics : courts in Pinochet's Chile / Lisa Hilbink Law and resistance in authoritarian states : the judicialization of politics in Egypt / Tamir Moustafa Courts out of context : authoritarian sources of judicial failure in Chile (1973 1990) and Argentina (1976 1983) / Robert Barros Enforcing the autocratic political order and the role of courts : the case of Mexico / Beatriz Magaloni The institutional diffusion of courts in China : evidence from survey data / Pierre Landry Building judicial independence in semi-democracies : Uganda and Zimbabwe / Jennifer Widner with Daniel Scher Judicial power in authoritarian states : the Russian experience / Peter H. Solomon Courts in a semi-democratic authoritarian regime : the judicialization of Turkish and Iranian politics / Hootan Shambayati Judicial systems and economic development / Hilton L. Root and Karen May Courts in authoritarian regimes / Martin Shapiro.