This is a study of the French Constitutional Council, a judicial body created at the dawn of the Fifth Republic which functioned in obscurity for almost two decades before emerging during the 1980s as a pivotal actor in the policy-making process.
Readership: Scholars of political science and comparative politics.
Alec Stone, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Middlebury College
"`The importance of this book lies not only in its detailed examination of the Council but in forcing us to rethink simplistic distinctions between legislative and judicial institutions; it is of considerable relevance to current debates on the British constitution.'
"`Alec Stone has written a comprehensive description of the inception and subsequent evolution of the French Constitutional Council, but he has also done much more ... He demonstrates that he is well-versed in the literature of comparative politics and he capably applies it to judicial institutions ... This is a rich book and one that can be profitably read by students of judicial and comparative politics and by those whose inclinations lie in jurisprudence and law ... I find the overall quality and value of the book to be most impressive.'
West European Politics"