Constitutional courts and relations between parliaments and executive authorities. The limits to court regulation of a system of government

The contemporary doctrinal craze for constitutional justice and the exaltation of ‘constitutional democracy’ considered primarily as a regime for guaranteeing individual rights has somewhat overshadowed a non-negligible problem – the problem of the role of the constitutional court in relations between governing organs, namely the deliberative assemblies and the authorities wielding immediate power, in other words the (poorly named) ‘executive’ authority (government and, as the case may be, the head of state).

Towards the End of French-Style ‘Negative Parliamentarism’? Introductory Questions to the Study of the 2008–2009 Constitutional Reform

The study of parliamentary assemblies has long suffered in France (and sometimes elsewhere) from many misunderstandings affecting the subtle issues that form its subject matter. Those issues depend primarily on the nature of law in general and constitutional law in particular. One must begin in this regard by recalling the inanity of an abstract dual vision claiming to distinguish between (constitutional) law ‘in books’ and (constitutional) law ‘in reality’.