"Political institutions are or ought to be the main subject of political theory. The essays in this collection are works of political theory devoted specifically to the institutions and institutional principles of modern democracy. They illustrate the author's contention in the opening chapter that the theory of politics needs to reorient itself so that it is not just the study of social justice. Institutions need to be taken seriously, by normative political theorists as much as by empirical political scientists. The collection includes studies of constitutionalism, the separation of powers, bicameralism, loyal opposition, representation, legislative due process, democratic accountability, and judicial review. It also includes critical essays on the political philosophies of Hannah Arendt and Isaiah Berlin"--Publisher's information.
Political political theory Constitutionalism : a skeptical view Separation of powers and the rule of law Bicameralism and the separation of powers The principle of loyal opposition Representative lawmaking Principles of legislation Accountability and insolence The core of the case against judicial review Five to four : why do bare majorities rule on courts? Isaiah Berlin's neglect of enlightenment constitutionalism The constitutional politics of Hannah Arendt.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-384) and index.