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Transformative constitutionalism, power and consensus: Are the courts in charge?

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dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-04 en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-04T12:51:20Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-04T12:51:20Z
dc.date.issued 2016-03-04 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/9375
dc.description.abstract Supporting a very energetic rendition of the constitutional state, this chapter addresses some of the issues mentioned above. Specifically, it asks whether the courts are `in charge? of the transformation of the state, as called for by the supremacy of the Constitution. More directly, it asks how and to what extent the courts can or should be 'in charge' of the transformation of South Africa towards a more just society, as required by the comprehensive measures included in the NDP: Vision 2030. Firstly, we inquire whether the court's pursuit of transformative constitutionalism would necessarily weaken the separation-of-powers doctrine. Secondly, we ask to what extent the debate between 'judicial modesty and restraint' and 'judicial activism' determines the ability of the courts to pursue the practice of transformative constitutionalism in an effective way. Finally, we consider whether the apex courts (and especially the CC) are able to pursue this desirable transformative constitutionalism without the existence of a comprehensive 'social contract' as called for by the NDP in Vision 2030. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher HSRC Press en
dc.subject CONSTITUTION en
dc.subject DEMOCRACY en
dc.subject CONSTITUTIONAL COURT en
dc.title Transformative constitutionalism, power and consensus: Are the courts in charge? en
dc.type Chapter in Monograph en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.BudgetYear 2015/16 en
dc.ResearchGroup African Institute of South Africa en
dc.SourceTitle State of the Nation South Africa 2016: who is in charge?: mandates, accountability and contestations in the South African state en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Plaatjies, D. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Chitiga-Mabugu, M. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Hongoro, C. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Meyiwa, T. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Nkondo, M. en
dc.SourceTitle.Editor Nyamnjoh, F. en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Cape Town en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9055 en
dc.PageNumber 279-296 en
dc.outputnumber 7850 en
dc.bibliographictitle Bohler-Muller, N. & Bo, B. (2016) Transformative constitutionalism, power and consensus: Are the courts in charge?. In: Plaatjies, D., Chitiga-Mabugu, M., Hongoro, C., Meyiwa, T., Nkondo, M. & Nyamnjoh, F. (eds). <i>State of the Nation South Africa 2016: who is in charge?: mandates, accountability and contestations in the South African state</i>. Cape Town: HSRC Press. 279-296. en
dc.publicationyear 2016 en
dc.contributor.author1 Bohler-Muller, N. en
dc.contributor.author2 Bo, B. en


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