The Powers That Be

Rethinking the Separation of Powers

Edited by Hans-Martien ten Napel and Wim Voermans

The Powers That Be

Edited by Hans-Martien ten Napel and Wim Voermans

Distributed for Leiden University Press

384 pages | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2016
Paper $69.50 ISBN: 9789087282516 Published August 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The concepts of democratic legitimacy and the separation of powers have played vital roles in the evolution of many modern states. In recent decades, however, some national governments have begun to cede portions of their oversight to international or supranational power holders, as can be seen with the example of the European Union. Considering this new context, can the combination of democratic legitimacy and the separation of powers still prove useful outside of the framework of a traditional state—and if so, in what form? The Powers That Be explores this question in essays that address legislative, executive, and judicial concerns through groundbreaking theoretical discussions and explorations of legal cases and developments.
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Armin von Bogdandy, director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and professor of public law at Goethe University Frankfurt
“This work exemplifies the approach European legal scholarship should take: theoretically ambitious, deeply comparative, discursive but pluralistic, and embedded in the challenges of our time.”
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