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By Xenophon Contiades

This booklet is the 1st to handle the multi-faceted impression of the worldwide monetary quandary at the nationwide constitutions of the international locations most influenced. by means of tracing the impression of the obstacle on formal and casual constitutional switch, sovereignty matters, primary rights safety, regulatory reforms, jurisprudence, the augmentation of govt strength, and alterations within the celebration process it addresses all components of the present constitutional legislations discussion and goals to turn into a reference e-book in regards to the interplay among monetary crises and constitutions. The ebook comprises contributions from well known specialists on Greece, Hungary, Iceland, eire, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, the united kingdom, and america supplying a severe research of the results of the monetary problem at the structure. The volume’s huge comparative bankruptcy pins down targeted constitutional reactions in the direction of the monetary obstacle, development an explanatory concept that bills for different methods constitutions answered to the problem. How and why constitutions shaped their reactions within the face of the monetary obstacle unravels during the booklet.

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For example, infringements of property rights might include cutting down pensions but also the rights of creditors such as banks. Judges are faced with difficult choices, as the stakes are high and their choices determine their court’s profile. The characterizations of activism and, conversely, of backing up governmental choices hang overhead and in that context judges may demonstrate an unusual degree of self-restraint, while there is also a chance that activism might merely entail applying traditional doctrines in the traditional way.

Constitutional change could simply coincide with the financial crisis or it may be the crisis-plus-other-factors that carves out new constitutional routes. The distinction between interpreting the financial crisis as a result, cause or pretext of constitutional change is not always prima facie clear. The extent to which constitutions successfully provide the arena for political conflicts and demonstrate self-preservation skills or are sacrificed and lose their legitimacy, allowing the political class to survive at their expense, may determine that.

This limitation of the Court’s jurisdiction, which threatens rule of law guarantees, is a non-voluntary change in a court’s profile. Although such extreme external interference with judicial power is unique, it is not the only example of attempts to exert pressure on the judiciary. In Latvia, the judiciary accused the legislature of being vindictive against the Constitutional Court due to its rights-friendly jurisprudence, when the legislator openly considered the non-application of case law regarding the compensation of judges.

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