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Borrowing constitutional designs [electronic resource] : constitutional law in Weimar, Germany and the French Fifth Republic / Cindy Skach.

By: Skach, Cindy, 1967-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2005Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 151 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9781400832620 (electronic bk.); 1400832624 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Executive power | Democracy | Constitutional history | Democracy -- Germany -- History | Democracy -- France -- History | Pouvoir ex�ecutif | D�emocratie | Histoire constitutionnelle | D�emocratie -- Allemagne -- Histoire | D�emocratie -- France -- Histoire | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General | Verfassung <1958> | Verfassung <1919> | Verfassungsrecht | Staatsorganisationsrecht | Rechtsvergleich | Frankreich | DeutschlandGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Borrowing constitutional designs.DDC classification: 320.943/09/042 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Constitutional frameworks and constitutional law -- Parties, leaders, and constitutional law in Ebert's Republic -- Divided minorities and constitutional dictatorship in Weimar Germany -- Parties, leaders, and constitutional law in de Gaulle's republic -- Consolidated majorities and constitutional democracy in the French Fifth Republic.
Review: "Bringing constitutional frameworks back to the study of constitutional law, Borrowing Constitutional Designs questions the hasty adoption of semi-presidentialism by new democracies. Drawing on rich case studies of two of the most important countries for European politics in the twentieth century - Weimar Germany and the French Fifth Republic - Cindy Skach offers the first theoretically focused, and historically grounded, analysis of semi-presidentialism and democracy. She demonstrates that constitutional choice matters, because under certain conditions, semi-presidentialism structures incentives that make democratic consolidation difficult or that actually contribute to democratic collapse. She offers a new theory of constitutional design, integrating insights from law and the social sciences. In doing so, she challenges both democratic theory and democratic practice." "This book will be welcomed not only by scholars and practitioners of constitutional law but also by those in fields such as comparative politics, European politics and history, and international and public affairs."--Jacket.
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Constitutional frameworks and constitutional law -- Parties, leaders, and constitutional law in Ebert's Republic -- Divided minorities and constitutional dictatorship in Weimar Germany -- Parties, leaders, and constitutional law in de Gaulle's republic -- Consolidated majorities and constitutional democracy in the French Fifth Republic.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [129]-144) and index.

"Bringing constitutional frameworks back to the study of constitutional law, Borrowing Constitutional Designs questions the hasty adoption of semi-presidentialism by new democracies. Drawing on rich case studies of two of the most important countries for European politics in the twentieth century - Weimar Germany and the French Fifth Republic - Cindy Skach offers the first theoretically focused, and historically grounded, analysis of semi-presidentialism and democracy. She demonstrates that constitutional choice matters, because under certain conditions, semi-presidentialism structures incentives that make democratic consolidation difficult or that actually contribute to democratic collapse. She offers a new theory of constitutional design, integrating insights from law and the social sciences. In doing so, she challenges both democratic theory and democratic practice." "This book will be welcomed not only by scholars and practitioners of constitutional law but also by those in fields such as comparative politics, European politics and history, and international and public affairs."--Jacket.

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