Is This What We Call Democracy? Sujit Choudhry Views It Differently

Being a constitutional expert and scholar, Professor Sujit Choudhry views the current political climate bringing about disintegration in democracy. His research basically focuses on politics and constitutional law inclusive of how the constitution has been used as a tool of managing crises and political unrests, the role of the constitution in a country where ethnicity is rampant, the rights of the minority, and bill of rights among others ( Besides looking into the constitution, he also focuses his research on matters of formation of a government under federalism, semi-presidential, authoritarianism etc.

This democracy expert has contributed much to the formation of constitutions of various countries including Canada. In his recent book release on democracy in crises, Sujit Choudhry focuses on a tweet posted by the former AG under Obama’s regime, Eric Holder. The AG posts to his followers that in case the state removes Robert Mueller from the White House Special Counsel then there must be some demonstrations because the voice of Americans must be visible and heard.

Sujit Choudhry views Holder’s tweet being based on the crossing of the democracy line of the Americans which the AG leaves it to the people to determine whether their rights have been violated. The way the Americans will react will determine the fate of the issue. This is what the professor refers to as constitutional self-coup which is basically a democratic failure. Another focal point that the professor sees as a set up for violence and demonstrations is the two terms set in the constitution for the Presidential ruling. Any dictator can violate the rule by extending the terms which will result in chaos.

According to Prof. Sujit Choudhry, there have been many threats to the constitution since Cold War especially in Poland where every step made by those in authority, Justice Party, is to ensure their win in the future elections is guaranteed. Another major threat according to him is democratic backsliding where the duly elected president tries to manipulate the legal systems so as to remain in power even in the future. He or she may misalign the party’s regulation, electorate body, and administration, the presidential term among others. Weimar Germany, Eric Holder’s tweet and Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal capturing are the perfect examples of this.  For additional views from Sujit, click

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