Anyone interested in politics and the world of constitutional law could learn a great deal from Sujit Choudhry, one of the field’s leading experts (blogs.law.nyu.edu). He has produced a number of published pieces based on his extensive experience dealing with such topics on a real-world scale and he lectures on the subjects at Berkeley. One of the more recent pieces he has produced deals with constitutional democracies and a growing issue with them that is appearing all over the world
The piece by Choudhry starts off with a discussion of the special counsel for the Russia investigation. He brings up the subject through a reference to a tweet by once-Attorney General Eric Holder (works.bepress.com) . The tweet in question references what should happen if Trump were to fire Robert Mueller, a move that many have claimed would be far overreaching the powers of the presidency and that may even constitute obstruction of justice. Much like how the public would react if a president tried to circumvent term limits so they could remain in power, Choudhry believes the firing of Robert Mueller represents a red line that the Trump administration shouldn’t want to cross.
The situation, according to the professor, is similar to what has been happening in Poland since 2015. In that year, the nation elected a nationalist party to control a majority of the state legislature, and the party has used their newly found power to alter Poland’s constitution to make it easier for their party to remain in power unchecked and unopposed
If this right-wing party in Poland is able to make such sweeping changes in under a year using completely legal methods based on the existing democratic infrastructure of the nation, it should certainly worry members of other nations that could go the same way. Sujit Choudhry sees how the similarities in the Trump administration and that Polish nationalist party could lead to a similar outcome.
The main point of Choudhry’s analysis of the world’s political climate as it relates to constitutional democracy is that the most effective democratic systems must be monitored closely so that they remain pure and untainted by those who would use the democratic process to install a system of government that is wholly undemocratic.
Connect with Choudhry at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sujit-choudhry