Constitutional Duties and Decisionism in the Context of Constitutional Control Bodies' Implementation of their Political Functions: Systemic and Organizational Aspects

  • Nikolay Antsiferov Рeoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), Department of Constitutional Law and Constitutional Proceedings
  • Eduard Galitsky Рeoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), Department of Constitutional Law and Constitutional Proceedings
  • Ruslan Chermit Рeoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), Department of Constitutional Law and Constitutional Proceedings
Keywords: constitutional dispute, constitutional duties, decisionism, constitutionalism, judicial procedure


The purpose of this study is to examine the role of constitutional control in the framework of state lawmaking and law enforcement functions and the impact of constitutional control bodies on political development, economic transformation, and social policy. This study examines the role and place of constitutional control in the state legal mechanism, the advantages and disadvantages of specialized and non-specialized constitutional control, preventive constitutional control. The study concludes that the model of non-specialized centralized constitutional control is very promising, capable of effectively balancing the logic of decisionism (discretion) and the scope of constitutional responsibilities. This study examines the relationship between the constitutional control and decisionism from the point of view of the Russian legal system. In practical terms, this study is of interest to representatives of the legal profession, practicing in the field of human rights protection, human rights organizations, and members of the judiciary.


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