Rights Revolution Lawyers, Activists, and Supreme Courts in Comparative Perspective

ISBN-10: 0226211622
ISBN-13: 9780226211626
Edition: N/A
Authors: Charles R. Epp
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

It is well known that the scope of individual rights has expanded dramatically in the United States over the last half-century. Less well known is that other countries have experienced "rights revolutions" as well. Charles R. Epp argues that, far from being the fruit of an activist judiciary, the ascendancy of civil rights and liberties has rested on the democratization of access to the courts—the influence of advocacy groups, the establishment of governmental enforcement agencies, the growth of financial and legal resources for ordinary citizens, and the strategic planning of grass roots organizations. In other words, the shift in the rights of individuals is best understood as a "bottom up," rather than a "top down," phenomenon.The Rights Revolution is the first comprehensive and comparative analysis of the growth of civil rights, examining the high courts of the United States, Britain, Canada, and India within their specific constitutional and cultural contexts. It brilliantly revises our understanding of the relationship between courts and social change.

Charles R. Epp is professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. He is the author of several books.

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Conditions for the Rights Revolution: Theory
The United States: Standard Explanations for the Rights Revolution
The Support Structure and the U.S. Rights Revolution
India: An Ideal Environment for a Rights Revolution?
India's Weak Rights Revolution and Its Handicap
Britain: An Inhospitable Environment for a Rights Revolution?
Britain's Modest Rights Revolution and Its Sources
Canada: A Great Experiment in Constitutional Engineering
Canada's Dramatic Rights Revolution and Its Sources
Conclusion: Constitutionalism, Judicial Power, and Rights
App: Selected Constitutional or Quasi-Constitutional Rights Provisions for the United States, India, Britain, and Canada
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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