Advice and Consent The Politics of Judicial Appointments

ISBN-10: 0195315839

ISBN-13: 9780195315837

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Description: The nomination of federal judges has always generated intense political conflict, perhaps never more so than during the second presidential term of George W. Bush. In Advice and Consent, two leading legal scholars, Lee Epstein and Jeffrey A. Segal, offer a brief, illuminating Baedeker to this highly important procedure. The authors discuss everything from constitutional background to the crucial differences in the nomination of judges and justices and the role of the Judiciary Committee in vetting nominees. They also shed light on the different roles played by the media, the American Bar Association, and special interest groups in getting judges nominated--or rejected. The authors demonstrate how the appointment of justices and judges has historically been a highly contentious process--one largely driven by ideological and partisan concerns. The book describes how presidents and the senate have tried to remake the bench in the past, ranging from FDR's controversial "court packing" scheme to the Senate's establishment in 1978 of 35 new appellate and 117 district court judgeships, which allowed the Democrats to shape the judiciary for years. The authors conclude with a discussion of the possible "reforms," from the so-called "nuclear option" to the even more dramatic suggestion that Congress eliminate judges' life tenure by introducing term limits or compulsory retirement. Advice and Consent is an invaluable guide through the occasionally murky history of American court appointments, and will prepare you for the many contentious debates that are surely destined to come.

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Book details

List price: $13.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Lee Epstein (PhD, Emory University) is Provost Professor of Law and Political Science and Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law at the University of Southern California. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She is the author, coauthor and/or editor of fifteen books, including The Supreme Court Compendium : Data, Decisions, and Developments , Fifth Edition , with Jeffrey A. Segal, Harold J. Spaeth, and Thomas G. Walker; Courts, Judges and Politics, Sixth Edition , with Walter F. Murphy, C. Herman Pritchett, and Jack Knight; The Choices Justices Make with Jack Knight, which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for the best book on law and courts; and Advice and Consent: The Politics of Judicial Appointments with Jeffrey A. Segal. Her most recent book is The Behavior of Federal Judges with William M. Landes and Richard A. Posner.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
A Backdrop to Judicial Appointments
Vacancies
Nominating Federal Judges and Justices
Confirming Federal Judges and Justices
Politics, Presidents, and Judging
The Politics of Appointments Meets the Politics of Judging
Notes
Index
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