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Democracy's Guardians: A History of the German Federal Constitutional Court, 1951–2001

Justin Collings


The German Federal Constitutional Court stands virtually unchallenged as the most trusted-by some accounts the most influential-institution of the German state. How has this happened? Why do so few oppose its strength? This book, which surveys the Court’s history during its first half century (1951-2001), resists any single-cause explanation. Instead, it explores the interaction of many factors over several decades. The Court took root in a pre-democratic political culture. In its earliest years, the Court helped establish liberal values and robust fundamental rights protection in the neophyte ... More

Keywords: Constitutional Courts, comparative constitutional law, constitutional history, judicial review, German politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753377
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753377.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Collings, author
Associate Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University