Judicial Checks and Balances

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dc.contributor.author La Porta, Rafael
dc.contributor.author Lopez-de-Silanes, Florencio
dc.contributor.author Pop-Eleches, Cristian
dc.contributor.author Shleifer, Andrei
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T18:32:00Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation La Porta, Rafael, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, Cristian Pop-Eleches, and Andrei Shleifer. 2004. Judicial checks and balances. Journal of Political Economy 112(2): 445-470. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0022-3808 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3451311
dc.description.abstract In the Anglo‐American constitutional tradition, judicial checks and balances are often seen as crucial guarantees of freedom. Hayek distinguishes two ways in which the judiciary provides such checks and balances: judicial independence and constitutional review. We create a new database of constitutional rules in 71 countries that reflect these provisions. We find strong support for the proposition that both judicial independence and constitutional review are associated with greater freedom. Consistent with theory, judicial independence accounts for some of the positive effect of common‐law legal origin on measures of economic freedom. The results point to significant benefits of the Anglo‐American system of government for freedom. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Economics en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/381480 en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.columbia.edu/~cp2124/papers/JudicialChecksFinal_JPE.pdf
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dc.title Judicial Checks and Balances en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Political Economy -Chicago- en_US
dash.depositing.author Shleifer, Andrei
dash.embargo.until 10000-01-01

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