Do Judges Know Best?

Constitutional Commentary, Forthcoming

14 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2017

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James Allan

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

Date Written: April 9, 2017


This paper reviews Ilya Somin's book 'Democracy and Political Ignorance' and contests the notion that those on the right side of politics should prefer powerful judges exercising strong judicial review. To the contrary, this review article argues that Somin's faith in the judiciary is misplaced, even for libertarians.

Keywords: strong judicial review, libertarianism, majoritarianism, constitutional interpretations, Somin, democracy

Suggested Citation

Allan, James, Do Judges Know Best? (April 9, 2017). Constitutional Commentary, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

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The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
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4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072

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