Leo Spitz Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Director, The Comparative Constitutions Project 

Tom Ginsburg

Authored Books

The Endurance of National Constitutions




Cambridge University Press, 2009 
(with Zachary Elkins and James Melton).


“This book had the same effect on me as reading Goran Therborn’s 1977 New Left Review paper on the history and origins of Democracy. I found it hard to put down and impossible to stop thinking about. It is an agenda setting work which will hugely influence comparative politics.”  - James Robinson, Professor of Government, Harvard University 


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Judicial Review in New Democracies:
Constitutional Courts in East Asia 

Cambridge University Press, 2003


"Ginsburg provides compelling empirical support in his three East Asian cases that judicial power increases when political power is diffuse. Because he is interested in highlihgting the conditions under which courts can constrain other political actors, compliance is an important indicator of judicial independence." - Shannon Roesler, Law and Social Inquiry


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