Hollow Hope Can Courts Bring about Social Change?

ISBN-10: 0226726711

ISBN-13: 9780226726717

Edition: 2nd 2008

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In follow-up studies, dozens of reviews, and even a book of essays evaluating his conclusions, Gerald Rosenberg7;s critics-not to mention his supporters-have spent nearly two decades debating the arguments he first put forward inThe Hollow Hope. With this substantially expanded second edition of his landmark work, Rosenberg himself steps back into the fray, responding to criticism and adding chapters on the same-sex marriage battle that ask anew whether courts can spur political and social reform. Finding that the answer is still a resounding no, Rosenberg reaffirms his powerful contention that it7;s nearly impossible to generate significant reforms through litigation. The reason? American courts are ineffective and relatively weak-far from the uniquely powerful sources for change they7;re often portrayed as. Rosenberg supports this claim by documenting the direct and secondary effects of key court decisions-particularlyBrown v. Board of EducationandRoe v. Wade. He reveals, for example, that Congress, the White House, and a determined civil rights movement did far more thanBrownto advance desegregation, while pro-choice activists invested too much inRoeat the expense of political mobilization. Further illuminating these cases, as well as the ongoing fight for same-sex marriage rights, Rosenberg also marshals impressive evidence to overturn the common assumption that even unsuccessful litigation can advance a cause by raising its profile. Directly addressing its critics in a new conclusion,The Hollow Hope, Second Editionpromises to reignite for a new generation the national debate it sparked seventeen years ago.
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Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 534
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

List of Tables and Figures
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
The Dynamic and the Constrained Court
Civil Rights
Bound for Glory? Brown and the Civil Rights Revolution
Constraints, Conditions, and the Courts
Planting the Seeds of Progress?
The Current of History
Abortion and Women's Rights
Transforming Women's Lives? The Courts and Abortion
Liberating Women? The Courts and Women's Rights
The Court as Catalyst?
The Tide of History
The Environment, Reapportionment, and Criminal Law
Cleaning House? The Courts, the Environment, and Reapportionment
Judicial Revolution? Litigation to Reform the Criminal Law
Same-Sex Marriage
You've Got That Loving Feeling? The Litigation Campaign for Same-Sex Marriage
Confusing Rights with Reality: Litigation for Same-Sex Marriage and the Counter-Mobilization of Law
Conclusion: The Fly-Paper Court
Black Children in Elementary and Secondary School with Whites: 1954-72
Blacks at Predominantly White Public Colleges and Universities
Black Voter Registration in the Southern States: Pre- and Post-Voting Rights Act
Laws and Actions Designed to Preserve Segregation
Method for Obtaining Information for Table 4.1 and Figure 4.1
Illegal Abortions
Method for Obtaining Information for Tables 8.1A, 8.1B, 8.2A, and 8.2B, and for Figures 8.1 and 8.2
Coding Rules and Methods for Obtaining Information for Tables 13.3, 13.4, 13.5, 13.6, and 13.7
Case References
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