The Political Role of Law Courts in Modern Democracies

  • Jerold L. Waltman
  • Kenneth M. Holland

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jerold L. Waltman
    Pages 1-5
  3. Kenneth M. Holland
    Pages 6-30
  4. Roman Tomasic
    Pages 31-52
  5. Carl Baar
    Pages 53-82
  6. Kenneth M. Holland
    Pages 83-107
  7. Jerold L. Waltman
    Pages 108-128
  8. Dallis Radamaker
    Pages 129-152
  9. Giuseppe Di Federico, Carlo Guarnieri
    Pages 153-180
  10. Joseph B. Board
    Pages 181-198
  11. Hiroshi Itoh
    Pages 199-215
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 235-237

About this book


No society can function without judicial institutions. At a minimum, conflict must be regulated and the criminal law enforced. Ironically, though, modern political science has tended to ignore the role of courts in advanced industrial societies, so much so that even basic information has often been unavailable. This book covers three important bases. First, it provides, for the first time, up-to-date material about the court systems - their structures, their personnel, their jurisdictions - of the major democratic nations. Second, it places the courts in their political context, eschewing legalism and stressing their linkages with other institutions and their role in the policy process. Third, there is an attempt to assess the direction of contemporary change, especially how it relates to broader themes of other types of political change.


conflict English Germany Institution law Policy political science

Editors and affiliations

  • Jerold L. Waltman
    • 1
  • Kenneth M. Holland
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern MississippiUSA
  2. 2.University of VermontUSA

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