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Explaining de facto judicial independence

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  • Bernd Hayo

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  • Stefan Voigt

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De facto judicial Independence (JI) seems to be highly and robustly significant for economic growth. But JI as formally written down in legal texts is a imperfect predictor for de facto JI. This paper thus tries to identify the variables, which determine de facto JI.. A distinction between factors that can be influenced in the short run and those that are the result of historical development and that are exempt from short-term modification is made. Ascertaining the relative relevance of these two groups of variables promises to be policy-relevant because attempts to make judiciaries more independent within governance programs might be seriously constrained by factors beyond the control of national governments and international organizations.

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Paper provided by ICER - International Centre for Economic Research in its series ICER Working Papers with number 01-2004.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2003
Handle: RePEc:icr:wpicer:01-2004
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