Sujit Choudhry’s Take on The Failing State of Democracy

Sujit Choudhry a professor in the field law from the university of California, Berkeley. His research is mainly focused in the areas of comparative constitutional law and politics ( Thus, he is known all around the world for his deep knowledge in politics and comparative law. He is also a founding director at the center for constitutional transitions an organization that gathers information with the aim of constructing constitutions. He is also an advisor in matters involving politics and law with experience in facilitating dialogues between civil society and the various stake holders.

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Sujit Choudhry in an article that describes his book points out to the state of failing democracies and the way they are undermining the constitution by tampering with it in order to cling onto to power. He further goes to give examples of the way these democracies are failing such as one tweet by the then Attorney General under the Obama rule Eric Holder who went on to defend the senior Whitehouse counsel Bob Mueller that if he was terminated that would be crossing the red line and that the people would then move to the streets as the American people must be seen and heard, check

According to Sujit Choudhry this tweet enhanced the notion that constitutional self-enforcement is built around the concept of a focal point whereby the focal point is considered to be the constitutional rule he further gives another example of a focal point being the presidential term limit and that the leaders who would otherwise want to break this term limit by the various ways would more often than not lead to other leaders going against it and bringing citizens to the street.

Sujit Choudhry further takes Eric Holders red lines and stated that they are an example of democratic failure. Giving examples such as disregarding term limits, coup d’état and rigging of elections. He further goes on to mention a few threats to democracy that are replacing the coup d’état which is authoritarian backsliding this is using legal means to manipulate the constitution to stay in power.

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