Separation of Powers: The Political Branches

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Restricted Elective
CEU credits: 
1
ECTS credits: 
2
Module: 
V
Academic year: 
2012/2013
Instructor(s): 
Renáta Uitz

Is the idea of the three branches of government an outdated artifact – or is it still viable in times of complex regulation, privatization, and the internationalization of public law? In this course we will develop a contemporary concept of separated powers and apply it to particularly problematic cases like independent regulatory agencies, constitutional courts, the parliamentary control of foreign affairs or the elusive executive branch of the European Union. The course will provide a more general lesson by elaborating criteria for a legitimate organization of public authorities.