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Supreme Court and Legal Change Abortion and the Death Penalty

ISBN-10: 0807843849
ISBN-13: 9780807843840
Edition: 1992
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Book details

List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 12/14/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 436
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

The authors analyze abortion and death penalty decisions by the Supreme Court and argue that they provide prime examples of abrupt legal change. After proposing that the strength of legal arguments has at least as much impact on Court decisions as do public opinion and justices' political beliefs, they focus on the way litigators propel certain issues onto the Court's agenda and seek to persuade the justices to affect legal change.

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.

Preface
Introduction
The Agents of Legal Change
Capital Punishment I: The Road to Furman
Capital Punishment II: From Furman to McCleskey
Abortion I: The Road to Roe
Abortion II: From Roe to Webster
The Life of the Law: Understanding the Dynamics of Legal Change
Appendix 1. Profile of Capital Punishment Cases
Appendix 2. Profile of Abortion Cases
Notes
Table of Cases
References
Index

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