Judicial Independence, Constitutions, and Politicians
Hossein Abbasi ,
Working Paper

Many countries strive to provide independence to their judges and improve judicial quality through incorporating formal protection clauses in their constitution. This constitutional protection, I argue, has not been effective. Using a comprehensive set of indicators of constitutional protection, I find that countries may adopt many components of constitutional protection just to show off their dedication to providing quality services. At the same time, I find that real restrictions on politicians’ power and authority do indeed improve judicial independence and performance.

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