Edited by Martin Scheinin, Helle Krunke and Marina Aksenova
Chapter 3: The changing understanding of judicial legitimacy
Dr. Or Bassok, Max Weber Fellow , EUI. This chapter discusses how the rise of public opinion polls has changed the understanding of the idea of legitimacy of courts in the United States. Sociological institutional court legitimacy is designed to describe the enduring public support for courts. According to the author public opinion polls have made it possible to measure such support thus strengthening the legitimacy of the US Supreme Court. Furthermore, this chapter includes comparative studies of the role of public support in courts as regards the Israeli Supreme Court and the South African Constitutional Court.
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