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The Procedural Democratic Legitimacy of Constitutional Courts


Ross Carrick


University of Oxford

January 17, 2012

Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2012/01

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This research focuses on the democratic role of courts, and presents an original conceptual framework for an examination thereof. The core thesis of this paper is to provide a new answer to the question – how can courts (in particular constitutional courts) be democratically legitimate? – by considering how a constitutional court can be procedurally democratically legitimate. There are two dimensions of procedural democratic legitimacy: intrinsic and instrumental. The intrinsic is a measure of the democratic credentials of the constitutional court as a discrete decision-making authority, whereas the instrumental is concerned with the ways in which the constitutional court contributes to the democratic functioning of the polity. Finally, the conceptual framework is put to the test by examining the constitutional court of the democratically complex and contested EU polity: the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Keywords: Constitutional Courts, Constitutional Theory, Democratic Theory, Legitimacy, the Court of Justice of the European Union, Democratic Deficit

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Date posted: January 17, 2012 ; Last revised: June 25, 2014

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Carrick, Ross, The Procedural Democratic Legitimacy of Constitutional Courts (January 17, 2012). Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2012/01. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1986857 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1986857

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