Making Democracy Work: An American Judicial Perspective

September 13, 2011

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

What makes democracy work? For American-style democracy, the Supreme Court is a critical component of the checks and balances system enacted by the founding fathers. Since 1779, charged with the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution, the nine unelected justices of the Court have the power to strike down laws enacted by elected representatives. Does this enhance or undermine the principles of democracy? How does this and other facets of America’s unique model inform budding democracies that are seeking to establish legitimacy and public confidence?

Listen in to The Chicago Council's first program of the fall 2011 Chicago and the World Forum series with Justice Stephen Breyer, who, with a unique view from the bench of the Supreme Court, will examine American democracy and what makes it work.

Recorded Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the Fairmont Chicago.