Document Type

Article

Publication Year

2009

ISSN

1740-1461

DOI

10.1111/j.1740-1461.2009.01147.x

Abstract

In this paper we test to what extent the Kelsenian-type of constitutional judges are independent from political parties by studying of the Portuguese Constitutional Court. The results yield three main conclusions. First, constitutional judges in Portugal are quite sensitive to their political affiliations and their political party's presence in government when voting. Second, peer pressure is very relevant. Third, the 1997 reform that was enacted to increase judicial independence has had no robust statistically significant effect.

First Page

381

Last Page

404

Num Pages

24

Issue Number

2

Publisher

Blackwell Publishing

FIle Type

PDF

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