Prudentialism is a moral principle based on precautionary principles that are acting to avoid a particular negative effect.
Prudentialism is also a philosophy of constitutional interpretation that considers laws and powers from a pragmatic viewpoint. According to government scholar John E. Finn, prudentialism "counsels judges to avoid setting broad rules for future cases and offers a particular understanding of the limited role courts should play in a constitutional democracy."
- John E. Finn (2006). "Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights". The Teaching Company.
Part I: Lecture 4: The Court and Constitutional Interpretation (see pages 52, 53, 54 in the guidebook)
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