Separation of Powers: The Political Branches

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Elective
CEU code: 
LEGS 5339
CEU credits: 
1
ECTS credits: 
2
Module: 
III
Academic year: 
2009/2010
Academic year: 
2010/2011
Start and end dates: 
2 Nov 2010 - 3 Dec 2010
Co-hosting Unit(s) [if applicable]: 
Department of Legal Studies
Instructor(s): 
Renáta Uitz

Madison’s phrase on how “ambition must be made to counter ambition” is one of the best-known lines of the Federalist Papers. The course focuses on techniques, constitutional designs and practices which are meant to carry out or undermine this aim. Key concepts and problems of horizontal separation of powers are explored on the basis of examples primarily from the U.S., Germany, France and Eastern Europe. Problems are discussed in their historical, intellectual and political context.