Associate Professor of Government Gbemende Johnson published a chapter in the Research Handbook on Law and Courts. The volume brings together U.S. and international scholars who examine issues of law, judicial power, citizenships rights, institutional authority, and future avenues of judicial-themed research.
Johnson’s chapter, “Degrees of Separation: Executive-Judicial Relations in the U.S. and Latin America” compares the relationship between executive and judicial institutions in the U.S., and across a number of Latin American countries. Susan Sterett and Lee Walker served as co-editors, and the volume was published by Edward Elgar Publishing.
In addition to discussing how their varied colonial histories affect the current distributions of institutional power, Johnson also explores contemporary inter-branch conflicts involving presidential authority to appoint national judges, and factors that influence when judges are willing to restrict executive power when challenged in court.