Universität Wien FIND

210158 SE M7 b/Diss: Constitutional Courts as Political Actors? (2013W)

Judicial Politics in Europe and the United States (engl.)

8.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

The introductory session is held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at 17:00; the block seminar is held in the week Nov. 18-22 (Mo, Tu, Th, and Fr.), 9:00 to 17:00 in the seminar room 1090 Wien, Pramergasse 9.
Die Vorbesprechung findet Dienstag, 15. 10. 2013 um 17:00,
der Block in der Woche vom 18.11. bis 22.11.2013 (Mo., Di, Do, Fr.), jeweils von 9:00 bis 17:00 im SE-Raum 1090 Wien, Pramergasse 9 statt.


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 15.10. 17:00 - 18:30 Seminarraum 1090 Wien, Pramergasse 9
Montag 18.11. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 1090 Wien, Pramergasse 9
Dienstag 19.11. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 1090 Wien, Pramergasse 9
Mittwoch 20.11. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 1090 Wien, Pramergasse 9
Donnerstag 21.11. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 1090 Wien, Pramergasse 9
Freitag 22.11. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 1090 Wien, Pramergasse 9


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Constitutional courts are increasingly powerful actors in many democracies and substantively influence political processes and policy outcomes. This block seminar provides an introduction to the political science analysis of such courts in the tradition of the `judicial politics` literature. It addresses four general questions: (1) How are constitutional courts organized? (2) What drives the behavior of constitutional judges? (3) To what extent do constitutional courts affect legislation in Western democracies and does this influence amount to a general judicialization of politics? (4) How can we normatively evaluate the role of constitutional courts in democracies and how is this evaluation influenced by political science findings on the operation of constitutional courts?
On the theoretical level, the seminar first contrasts legal and political science perspectives on analyzing courts. Second, it introduces different political science approaches such as the attitudinalist and rational choice schools in the United States and different approaches used to analyze constitutional courts in Europe. The empirical work covered in the course focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court, constitutional courts in Europe, especially the German Bundesverfassungsgericht and the French Conseil Constitutionnel, and the European Court of Justice.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The grades will be based on (1) students’ active participation in class discussions (20%), (2) an oral presentation (30%) and a term paper (50%). Class discussions and oral presentations will be in English; the term paper should also be written in English. Detailed rules will be given in the syllabus. Participants are required to participate in the initial session and all block sessions in order to get credit for the class.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab



A detailed list of readings will be provided prior to the seminar. The following texts provide a useful introduction to judicial politics and key issues to be covered:
Segal, Jeffrey A./Harold J. Spaeth. 2002. The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model Revisited. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Stone Sweet, Alec. 2000. Governing with Judges. Constitutional Politics in Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Vanberg, Georg. 2005. The Politics of Constitutional Review in Germany. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:38