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Handbook on Judicial Politics

Ramona Coman, Cristina Dallara (eds.)

Institutul European, Iasi, 2012


This book is an attempt to clarify some issues related to judicial reforms. It is designed as a basic introduction to this complex field of inquiry addressed to political and social scientists, sociologists, legal scholars, students, journalists, policy makers and ordinary citizens interested not only to understand more about judicial reforms but also to place the domestic issues in a comparative perspective. Our aim is not only to clarify the main terms used in the debates related to these reforms by judicial, political actors and journalists, but also to replace them in a comparative perspective. We conceived this volume as a handbook addressed to any citizen interested in understanding contemporary political debates, to politicians and judicial actors confronted with the elaboration and the implementation of reforms guided by new European standards, to political scientists, sociologists, lawyers and any other researchers for whom the relationship between media, politics and justice represents a field of inquiry. The contributions are provided by the best specialists of this topic. They all have a research tradition and a comparative knowledge of the judicial reforms in Europe. Conceived in this way, the book speaks to debates in political science, sociology of law, public law and comparative politics regarding the transformation of the judicial institutions in the European states, the definition, implementation and the limits of the judicial independence, the judicial behavior and discipline, the administration of justice and the way judicial role should be conceived within our democracies.

From Table of contents

- The politics of the judicial reforms
- Independence and accountability of the public prosecutor
- Judicial discipline: different approaches in five EU member states
- The quality of justice: from conflicts to politics
- A new triad: media, justice and politics in political science



RAMONA COMAN is a professor assistant in political science at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She is a researcher of the Centre Détude de la Vie Politique (CEVIPOL). She received her BA in political science from the University of Bucharest, her MA in European politics form the Institute of European Studies from Brussels and her MA and her PdD in political science from the Université libre de Bruxelles (May 2008). She co-edited with Jean-Michel De Waele Judicial Reforms in Central and Eastern Europe (2007, Vanden Broele); with Justine Lacroix Les resistances a l'Europe. Cultures nationales, idéologies et strategies dacteurs (2007, Editions de lUniversité de Bruxelles). She recently published with Editions de l'Université de Bruxelles Ré’étude de la Vie Politique (CEVIPOL). She received her BA in political science from

CRISTINA DALLARA is senior Research Assistant at the Department of Political Science, University of Bologna. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Florence and a Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2009) at the Department of Political Science, University of Bologna. Her research interests focus on European Union Enlargement, Policy Analysis, European Union Rule of Law Promotion, Judicial system reforms and anti-corruption policies, judicial studies. She has been involved in several national and European collaborative research projects. Among her publications: La Romania in Europa: adesione senza integrazione? Le criticitŕ del settore giudiziario e anti-corruzione [Romania in Europe: adesion without integration? Problems and obstacles in the judicial and anti-corruption field] in Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica [Italian political science review], L, n. 1/2010, pp. 83-112; External and internal factors of democratization in Southeastern Europe (eds), Monographic issue of the journal Transitions, Vol. 50-2, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, 2010; Uniunea europeana si promovarea statului de drept in Romania, Serbia si Ucraina. Reformele sistemelor judiciare si politici anticorupţie, Editura Institutul european, Iasi, Romania, 2009.

 Law, politics and society series
 328 pages, (130x205) mm
 ISBN: 978-973-611-713-8
 Price 80 lei

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