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The unfulfilled potential of the court and legislature dialogue

Webber, Grégoire C. N. (2009) The unfulfilled potential of the court and legislature dialogue. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 42 (2). pp. 443-465. ISSN 0008-4239

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0008423909090362


Constitutional scholarship has been exploring the idea that the court and the legislature engage in a dialogue over the meaning of the constitution. Yet, despite many contributions to the idea of dialogue over the last decade, its potential remains unfulfilled. The epistemological potential of dialogue remains understudied, in part because the court continues to be viewed as the supreme, if not also the sole, expounder of the constitution. For dialogue's potential to be realized, the legislature should be acknowledged as a co-ordinate actor in expounding constitutional meaning and both court and legislature should assume a disposition for dialogue.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Canadian Political Science Association (l’Association canadienne de science politique) and/et la Société québécoise de science politique
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2009 15:48
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:47

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