Sujit Choudhry is a law professor at the University of California. Sujit is the director of Constitutional Transitions (sujitchoudhry.com). His passion for democracy and the constitutional has driven him to do research and write books about democracy. He is a constitutional advisor and an expert in facilitating public dialogues.
Sujit Choudhry Publications
Sujit writes books based on research about democracy and constitutional law. His recent publication is called ‘Constitutional democracies in Crisis?’ The book talks about how democracy is failing and how the presidency is sliding into autocracy. The publication is based on the tweet made by Eric Holder, the former attorney during Obama’s reign.
Hoard said firing of Bob Mueller was an ‘absolute redline’ and if removed, the American people should hold a peaceful demonstration. According to Sujit, Mueller’s insinuations mean the American people will determine how the issues will be resolved and determine if the leaders in authority have crossed the set boundary.
Sujit view on constitutional self-enforcement, built around the concept of a focal point
Sujit Choudhry suggests ways in which political leaders break legal rules to enforce their laws. In the case of Bob Mueller, Eric Holder should have taken the case to court to allow the judiciary to decide, but deciding to leave the issue for the public to choose is an example of democratic failure.
Another focal point that political leaders break is the presidential term limit. Autocrats break the constitutional rule by declaring a state of emergency to stay in office for longer. In the context of Holders ‘red line’, Invoking power from people and the court system is like self-coup.
Sujit says autocracy has evolved, instead of coup d’états, there is democratic back sliding, where government officials use their power to manipulate constitutional rules and institutions to favor them for the next elections to remain in power. Choudhry says people’s belief that democracy is the only game in town’ is the primary cause of democratic backsliding, and that political legitimation can only be acquired through democracy even if politicians are using it to hide autocratic regimes. Learn more about the Professor, visit his channel on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLFd6DxqzfF1AlWuyXnI1w
Sujit publications have opened people’s eyes on how those in authority have manipulated democracy and its constitutional rules to suit their autocratic desires.