The American Supreme Court

The American Supreme Court

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Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, Robert McCloskeya€™s classic work on the Supreme Courta€™s role in constructing the U.S. Constitution has introduced generations of students to the workings of our nationa€™s highest court. For this new fifth edition, Sanford Levinson extends McCloskeya€™s magisterial treatment to address the Courta€™s most recent decisions. As in prior editions, McCloskeya€™s original text remains unchanged. In his historical interpretation, he argues that the strength of the Court has always been its sensitivity to the changing political scene, as well as its reluctance to stray too far from the main currents of public sentiments. In two revised chapters, Levinson shows how McCloskeya€™s approach continues to illuminate developments since 2005, including the Courta€™s decisions in cases arising out of the War on Terror, which range from issues of civil liberty to tests of executive power. He also discusses the Courta€™s skepticism regarding campaign finance regulation; its affirmation of the right to bear arms; and the increasingly important nomination and confirmation process of Supreme Court justices, including that of the first Hispanic justice, Sonia Sotomayor. The best and most concise account of the Supreme Court and its place in American politics, McCloskey's wonderfully readable book is an essential guide to the past, present, and future prospects of this institution.H. Institutional Studies of the Modern Court There is, of course, a copious literature on the internal behavior of the Court as an institution. Three good texts include Henry Abrahama#39;s classic The Judiciary: The Supreme Court in the Governmental Process (10th ed., 1996); David M. Oa#39;Brien, Storm Center: ... The opinion-writing process is also the subject of Forrest Maltzman, James F. Spriggs II, and Paulanbsp;...

Title:The American Supreme Court
Author: Robert G. McCloskey
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2010-07-15

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