“RESILIO Snapshot 5: Political resilience as enabler of rule of law resilience”, Stefan Szwed (IEP, Berlin)

Politics and the rule of law are frequently contrasted as quasi-opposites: whereas politics is understood as a struggle for power, which ultimately enables its exercise, the rule of law is typically defined as a set of constraints on power by subordinating its use to well-defined rules. Yet, as Martin Krygier reminds us, the rule of law is also an enabler of power, by channelling it into all the right places where it can be held accountable and where its deployment serves the many rather than the few.¹ Conversely, what is less well understood is the way in which power competition, or better yet, politics, can be an enabler of the rule of law.

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