Responses to Who will Save the Redheads? Towards an Anti-Bully Theory of Judicial Review and Protection of Democracy by Yaniv Roznai

  • “Looking at the interplay between courts and politicians through the lens of social psychology, as Roznai has done, can fuel our imagination regarding the toolkit that the former might use when coming up against undue pressure.” Maartje De Visser, Prevention is Better than Cure: Rethinking Court Behavior & Design
  • “[C]ourts can engage in principled decision-making while also utilizing elements of judicial strategy. The problem of Roznai’s anti-bully theory is that he focuses on the moment of the final confrontation. However, similar to democratic erosion, the court response can also be an incremental process.” Šimon Drugda, Who will Help Judges Save the Redheads?
  • “When Yaniv Roznai recommends courts that are being bullied to go on with ‘business as usual,’ he gives good advice to the judges. Inaction, being frozen by the look of the snake only shows the bully that the pressure works. Court presidents can speak out when there is a direct threat, but defensive overreaction can too easily be denounced as a political move.” Schnutz Rudolf Dürr, Who will save the Redheads? a reply to Yaniv Roznai’s Anti-Bully Theory
  • “Yaniv Roznai’s contributions to the debates on formal constitutional change and judicial review of amendments are undeniable. . . . Who will Save the Redheads? constitutes a new stage in his scholarly interest on the matter, and this time, the perspective taken is closer to that of judicial politics and the literature on courts and democratization rather than of constitutional theory. . . . Roznai’s article is a useful addition to the literature engaging with a strategic perspective on what courts can do to enforce relevant democratic principles in scenarios of authoritarian, hybrid regimes or political systems that are experiencing an authoritarian turn or a sort of democratic decay.” Sergio Verdugo & Vicente F. Benítez-R., One Size Does Not Fit All Courts: A Commentary on “Who will Save the Redheads? Towards an Anti-Bully Theory of Judicial Review and Protection of Democracy”
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