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Populism, Courts and the Rule of Law

Daniel Smilov
Publication date: 
Thu, 28 Jun 2007

The rise of populism in Eastern Europe has had a significant effect on the rule of law, and the reaction of the judiciary to the changing political environment has been particularly revealing.

The key question that this policy brief addresses is: to what extent can the judiciary, as bound by constitutional principles and values, be seen as a guardian of liberal democracy against aggressive majorities and authoritarian and illiberal populist leaders?