Mariana Llanos / Charlotte Heyl / Viola Lucas / Alexander Stroh / Cordula Tibi Weber

Ousted from the Bench? Judicial Departures in Consolidating Democracies

GIGA Working Paper, No. 300, April 2017

This paper deals with judicial departures in consolidating democracies. It investigates to what extent and under what conditions judges in those contexts are not able to decide on their departures themselves but are rather forced to leave due to pressure from the elected branches. We undertook a cross‐regional study of individual judicial departures in six consolidating democracies with elected presidents, three of them located in Latin America (Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay) and three in sub‐Saharan Africa (Benin, Madagascar, and Senegal). We developed a unique data set containing information on 143 high‐court judges in office since democratisation. We classified judicial departures as due and undue, and using a survival model we estimated the impact of institutional, political, personal, and contextual factors. The results indicate that undue judicial departures occur regardless of the region, but are most probable under the rule of politically powerful executives, and where there are lower levels of democracy and development.

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Dr. Mariana Llanos

Lead Research Fellow
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Dr. Mariana Llanos ist Politikwissenschaftlerin, Senior Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Lateinamerika-Studien und Leiterin des GIGA Forschungsschwerpunkts 1.

Charlotte Heyl

Research Fellow / Doctoral Student

Charlotte Heyl ist Politikwissenschaftlerin und Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Afrika-Studien.

Dr. Viola Lucas ist Ökonomin und mit dem GIGA Institut für Nahost-Studien assoziiert.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Stroh ist Juniorprofessor für die Politik Afrikas und Entwicklungspolitik an der Universität Bayreuth und mit dem GIGA Institut für Afrika-Studien assoziiert.

Cordula Tibi Weber

Research Fellow / Doctoral Student

Cordula Tibi Weber ist Politikwissenschaftlerin und Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Lateinamerika-Studien.

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Mali seit 1992: Erfolge und Schwächen einer jungen Demokratie

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Viola Lucas / Thomas Richter

Arbeitsmarktpolitik im Golfkooperationsrat (GCC)

Informationen zur politischen Bildung: Naher Osten, 331, 2016, 49

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Nepal

Wirtschaftshandbuch Asien-Pazifik, 61, 2016, 380-395