Populist constitutionalism. Its impact on the constitution, the judiciary and the role of the EU

Andreu, Josep Maria Castellà and Simonelli, Marco Antonio and Bencze, Mátyás and Gárdos Orosz, Fruzsina and Szente, Zoltán and Krunke, Helle and Klinge, Sune (2020) Populist constitutionalism. Its impact on the constitution, the judiciary and the role of the EU. Working Paper. -. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This working paper aims at better comprehending the populist phenomenon. By choosing the anticonstitutionalist features of populism, the paper sheds light on the challenges posed by populism to constitutional democracy. This is the first step in formulating legal responses to the populist challenge. The DEMOS project is developing these responses. We divide the paper in four major sections. The first part analyses the key features of populist constitutionalism to assess whether it is possible to reconcile populist constitutionalism with contemporary constitutional democracy. We devote the second section to the European Union. In particular, we assess the instruments available to the EU to halt democratic backsliding in EU Member States, and how these instruments have been employed. In the third section, we investigate the concept of judicial populism by analysing the impact of populist policies on the case law of ordinary courts. The last section contains policy suggestions for constitutional democracy to react to the populist challenge.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Title in English: Populist constitutionalism. Its impact on the constitution, the judiciary and the role of the EU
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Institute for Political Science
Research funder: European Union, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action DEMOS grant no. 822590
Depositing User: Enikő Meiszterics
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2020 14:24
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2020 14:59
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URI: https://openarchive.tk.mta.hu/id/eprint/433

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