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3.1. Introduction

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This chapter argues that, in conjunction with the lessons drawn from the U.S. Supreme Court's apparent 'switch-in-time' in 1937, the writings on American law laid the foundation for Nordic theory of judicial review and played an important role in constitutional interpretation for decades after 1945. In the period from 1930 into the 1960s, American legal ideas were very influential in the Nordic countries. That influence was not as clearly defined as in the period from the 1880s up to World War II, but it was important. Many of the ideas that either appeared in discussions of American law or gained strength from such discussions were dominant in Nordic constitutional law for most of the twentieth century. This is true concerning theories on constitutional interpretation, ideas about the proper role of the courts, and ideas of leaving the legislature considerable leeway for delegating legislative power.

Keywords: American constitutional law; judiciary; Nordic constitutional law



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