20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module will explore the constitutional implications of the populist surge in Europe and America. First, specific features of the different "varieties of populism" are identified, and second, their differential impact on core constitutional structures of liberal democracy is analysed. By comparing different populist approaches, we will examine how the ideals of the new populists have translated into law. Finally, the module focuses on the role of law and constitutional checks and balances as essential bulwarks against democratic backsliding. The current surge of populism seems to indicate that that constitutional democracy can find itself in great danger when democratic support for its core principles begins to ebb.

Restrictions on availability: School of Law students only.

Staff Contact: BUGARIC BOJAN
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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