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Judges, politics and the Irish Constitution

Laura Cahillane, James Gallen, and Tom Hickey


This volume brings together academic scholars and judges together to consider themes flowing from the often complex relationships between ‘law’ and ‘politics’, ‘adjudication’ and ‘policy-making’, the ‘judicial’ and ‘political’ branches of government. Part I addresses questions concerning the nature and extent of judicial power from a largely theoretical perspective. The chapters engage with abstract work on democracy and legitimacy in the context of the wielding and exercise of public (particularly judicial) power, including judicial interpretation and judicial review of legislative action. Pa ... More

Keywords: Constitution law, adjudication, judicial legitimacy and politics, legal history, constitutional rights

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781526114556
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526114556.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Cahillane, editor
School of Law, University of Limerick

James Gallen, editor
School of Law and Government, Dublin City University

Tom Hickey, editor
School of Law and Government, Dublin City University

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Laura Cahillane, James Gallen and Tom Hickey

Part I Judicial power in a constitutional democracy: theoretical foundations

Part II Judging in the case of O’Keeffe v. Hickey: analysis and debate

Part III Judges and the political sphere: appointments and dialogue

Part IV Judges and the Constitution in historical perspective

Part V Perspectives on the Constitution and judicial power

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