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Criminal Liability of Political Decision-Makers

A Comparative Perspective

Editors: Zimmermann, Frank (Ed.)

  • First comprehensive analysis of the criminal liability of political decision makers in a democratic state
  • Adds a comparative law perspective to the (so far) purely national discussion about criminal liability of politicians
  • Includes a comparative study based on a practical case
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About this book

This book is dedicated to a fundamental conflict in modern states: those persons holding public office are no more than ordinary citizens. Therefore, their activities must – as a matter of principle – be subject to full judicial control. But at the same time, democratically legitimated politicians need some discretion in their decision-making.
Allegations of politicians committing criminal offences in office quickly attract a great deal of media attention. Even politicians themselves frequently use such allegations to discredit their political opponents. However, to date this topic has not been fully addressed on an academic level. This book is a first step in this direction.
The individual contributions cover topics such as:

  • “bad” political decisions that result in a waste of taxpayers’ money
  • corruption and conflicts of interest in political decision-making
  • immunities and procedural obstacles to the effective prosecution of politicians
  • abuse of criminal law and criminal proceedings in the political arena
  • criminal liability for decisions taken in situations of state emergency 
  • the role of criminal law in public opinion.
Leading experts examine these and other issues from a comparative perspective.

About the authors

Frank Zimmermann is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. His main fields of research are the relationship between criminal law and politics, German and European criminal law (particularly conflicts of criminal jurisdiction) as well as international cooperation in criminal matters.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

  • Introduction: Comparing the Criminal Liability of Political Decision-Makers on the Basis of a Concrete Case

    Zimmermann, Frank

    Pages 3-6

  • The Case to Be Analysed

    Zimmermann, Frank

    Pages 7-10

  • Criminal Liability of Political Decision-Makers in Belgium

    Bondt, Wendy

    Pages 11-33

  • Criminal Liability of Political Decision-Makers in Finland

    Helenius, Dan

    Pages 35-62

  • Criminal Liability of Political Decision-Makers in France

    Chetard, Guillaume

    Pages 63-90

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52051-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $169.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52050-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Criminal Liability of Political Decision-Makers
Book Subtitle
A Comparative Perspective
Editors
  • Frank Zimmermann
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52051-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52051-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52050-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 408
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
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