Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Institutional Powers and Constraints, 7th Edition

ISBN-10: 1604265167

ISBN-13: 9781604265163

Edition: 7th 2010 (Revised)

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Description: Political factors influence judicial decisions. Arguments and input from lawyers and interest groups, the ebb and flow of public opinion, and especially the ideological and behavioral inclinations of the justices all combine to shape the development of constitutional doctrine. Drawing on political science as much as from legal studies, Constitutional Law for a Changing America helps students realize that Supreme Court cases are more than just legal names and citations.As always, Epstein and Walker account for new scholarship as well as reconsider all excerpted cases for both additions and cuts. With meticulous updating throughout, the authors feature reworked and revised discussion on: the methods of constitutional interpretation,jurisdiction stripping and standing, the appointments clause and theories of presidential power, theories of the separation-of-powers system, all cases related to the war on terrorism, theories of federalism and the current state of the federalism/commerce doctrine; in particular, linkages between chapters 6 and 7 have been made more explicit.Two important improvements in the book’s design lead to more focused and effective reading: a revamped interior layout clearly delineates between author commentary and opinion excerpts, a new “Arguments” section in the case commentary details the attorneys’ arguments for each side.

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Book details

List price: $104.00
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 5/4/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 776
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.696
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.

Thomas G. Walker (PhD, University of Kentucky) is Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University where he has won several teaching awards for his courses on constitutional law and the judicial process. His book, A Court Divided , written with Deborah J. Barrow, won the prestigious V.O. Key Award for the best book on southern politics. He is the coauthor of The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, Fifth Edition with Lee Epstein, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Harold J. Spaeth; and Eligible for Execution .

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