Be Careful What You Wish For: A Cautionary Tale of Post-Communist Judicial Empowerment

Demokratizatsiya, Vol.18 , No. 1, pp. 56-73. Winter 2010

18 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2013

Date Written: January 1, 2010

Abstract

Abstract: This article aims to curb the enthusiasm for post-Communist judicial empowerment by showing that sometimes a powerful judiciary can threaten the rule of law. It argues that the powerful Bulgarian Constitutional Court promotes conflict between the executive and the ordinary judiciary. The “war of institutions” has made Bulgaria the poster child for failed judicial reforms among new European Union members. Bulgaria’s experience should serve as a cautionary tale for EU candidate countries and show that strengthening the judiciary is not a panacea.

Keywords: Bulgaria, judicial empowerment, judicial-executive conflict, judicial reform, EU enlargement

Suggested Citation

Popova, Maria, Be Careful What You Wish For: A Cautionary Tale of Post-Communist Judicial Empowerment (January 1, 2010). Demokratizatsiya, Vol.18 , No. 1, pp. 56-73. Winter 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2279102

Maria Popova (Contact Author)

McGill University ( email )

Canada

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