Mission Accomplished

On Founding Constitutional Adjudication in Central Europe
ISBN: 
978-963-9241-51-0
cloth
$49.95 / €42.95 / £33.00
Publication date: 
2002
420 pages

Examines constitutional jurisdiction in the so-called Visegrad Four: Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The creation of constitutional courts was one of the major milestones in the re-creation of the democratic system in these countries. In Europe constitutional courts exert much of the functions of the Supreme Court of the US. However, the immediate western European samples showed marked differences, which is why besides similarities, the theory and practice of constitutional law show differences in these four countries. Procházka analyses and explains these similarities and differences.

Mission Accomplished contributes to the literature on comparative constitutional law by offering insights into the constitutional discourses that go beyond the discussion of notorious cases and events in these four countries. Procházka argues that the various historical, cultural, socio-psychological, political and institutional contexts have translated into different modes of constitutional adjudication and interpretation. 


Preface 
List of Abbreviations 
List of Tables 
List of Figures 

Introduction
Concept 
Structure 

Part I

Chapter 1 Establishing Constitutional Review 
Framework 
Transition Connotations 
Western Paradigm 
European Federation 
Intra-Regional Pressure 

Chapter 2 Designing Constitutional Review 
Framework 
Country Specifics
Poland 
Overview 
Legal Culture 
Transitional Political Economy 
Transitional Leadership 
Hungary
Overview 
Legal Culture 
Transitional Political Economy 
Transitional Leadership 
Czechoslovakia/Czech and Slovak Republics
Overview 
Legal Culture 
Transitional Political Economy 
Transitional Leadership 

Part II

Chapter 3 Adjudicative Approaches 
Framework 
Legislating 
Judging
Repairing 
Country Specifics 
Poland 
Judicial Activism 
Overview
Jurisprudence 
Active Judging 
Overview 
Jurisprudence 
Hungary 
Judicial Activism 
Overview 
Jurisprudence 
Active Judging 
Overview
Jurisprudence 
Czech Republic 
Judicial Activism 
Overview 
Jurisprudence 
Active Judging 
Overview 
Jurisprudence 
Slovak Republic 
Judicial Activism 
Overview 
Jurisprudence 
Active Judging 
Overview
Jurisprudence 

Chapter 4 Interpretive Techniques 
Framework 
Country Specifics 
Poland 
Overview 
Jurisprudence
Hungary 
Overview 
Jurisprudence 
Czech Republic 
Overview 
Jurisprudence 
Slovak Republic 
Overview 
Jurisprudence 

Chapter 5 Founding and Beyond 
Birth 
Childhood 
Adulthood 

Notes 
Bibliography 
Tables 
Index