Sujit Choudhry’s take on democratic decline

Democracy is in crisis. In his book chapter to be published in Constitutional Democracy in Crisis, Sujit Choudhry explains his reasons for this belief (works.bepress.com). This chapter focuses on Eric Holder’s tweet in December 2017. Mr Holder served as the former Attorney General in President Barack Obama’s reign. In his tweet, Mr Holder called for mass action in regard to what he called the red line. His tweet stated that the termination of Robert Mueller, White House Special Counsel, would be crossing the line. Mr Holder urged Americans to hold peaceful demonstrations if the Special Counsel is terminated.

According Sujit Choudhry, world democracy is backsliding. Instead of rulers turning to dictatorship, they are using the constitution to stick to power. Once elected, the governing constitution gives a limit to the reigning president’s term. To ensure that the president regains office, the political party in power introduces technicalities that either allow them to tamper with the elections or declare a state of emergency. This robs the electorate of their democratic rights. They are forced to give way to the reigning political party’s desire. In a way, they are being dictated.

In his book, the professor gives an example of the Polish government. The government used political technicalities, including capturing the constitutional tribunal, to eliminate the opposition and to ensure its rule continues in the coming elections. This undermines the people’s right to choose freely who to rule over them. It also prevents them from freely expressing their opinion concerning the leadership.

Mr Sujit Choudhry is a professor of law in the University of California. He specializes on constitutional law. He has done research in comparative constitutional and law (blogs.law.nyu.edu). His research focuses on the constitution as a tool of transition from violent political environments to democratic environments. Mr Choudhry has also done research and written extensively on the Canadian law.

Professor Sujit Choudhry is the founding director of Centers for Constitutional Transitions. Through this institution, Mr Choudhry has been a constitutional advisor for decades. He has facilitated public talks with different stake holders of a government, trained civil servants and offered technical advice to ensure the constitutional demands are fulfilled.

More about Sujit and his role as a constitutional advisor on http://constitutionaltransitions.org/director/#Choudhry