Judicial Power and National Politics, Second Edition

Judicial Power and National Politics, Second Edition

Number of page: 268
Author: Patricia J. Woods
Publisher: SUNY Press, 2017
Rating:
Category: Political Science

 Chronicles the
conflict between religious and secular forces in Israel.
In Judicial Power and
National Politics, Second Edition, Patricia J. Woods returns to an issue
that has only grown in relevance since the first edition’s publication in 2008:
the religious-secular conflict in Israel. The first edition focused on the role
that courts and justices play in deeply charged political battles. In the last quarter of the twentieth century, social groups turned
to the judicial arm of the state in an effort to force the state to change its
laws and policies on religious personal status law, or family law. Through
an extensive case study of the interactions of the
women’s movement with the High Court of Justice, Woods argues that the
most important determining factor explaining when, why, and how national courts
enter into the world of divisive politics is found in the intellectual or
judicial communities with whom justices live, work, and think about the law. The
interaction among members of this community over time culminates in new legal
norms. This second edition takes into account what has happened in the past decade,
with public debate over religion and the state moving away from the court and
into the realm of popular politics—on the Knesset floor, in the media, in
shopping malls, and on the streets. Included for the first time is the dataset
for the author’s national survey of women’s movement volunteers.