Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy by Patrick EganPublic Opinion and Constitutional Controversy by Patrick Egan

Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy

byPatrick EganEditorNathaniel Persily, Jack Citrin

Paperback | March 13, 2008

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American politics is most notably characterized by the heated debates on constitutional interpretation at the core of its ever-raging culture wars, and the coverage of these linger disputes is often inundated with public-opinion polls. Yet for all their prominence in contemporary society,there has never been an all-inclusive, systematic study of public opinion and how it impacts the courts and electoral politics. Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy is the first book to provide a comprehensive analysis of American public opinion on the key constitutional controversies of the twentieth century, including desegregation, school prayer, abortion, the death penalty, affirmative action, gay rights,assisted suicide, and national security, to name just a few. With essays focusing on each issue in-depth, Nathaniel Persily, Jack Citrin, Patrick Egan, and an established group of scholars utilize cutting edge public-opinion data to illustrate these contemporary debates, methodically examining eachone and how public attitudes have shifted over time, especially in the wake of prominent Supreme Court decisions. More than just a compilation of available data, however, these essays join the "popular constitutionalism" debate between those who advocate a dominant role for courts in constitutionaladjudication and those who prefer a more pluralized constitutional discourse. Each essay also vividly details the gap between the public and the Supreme Court on these hotly contested issues and analyzes how and why this divergence of opinion has grown or shrunk over the last fifty years. Ultimately, Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy sheds light on a major yet understudied part of American politics, providing an incisive look at the crucial part played by the voice of the people on the issues that have become an indelible part of the modern-day politicallandscape.
Nathaniel Persily is a Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia Law School and Director of the Center on Law and Politics at Columbia University. Jack Citrin is Professor and Director, Institute of Governmental Studies of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. Patrick J. Egan is Assistant Professo...
Title:Public Opinion and Constitutional ControversyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:March 13, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195329422

ISBN - 13:9780195329421


Table of Contents

Nathaniel Persily: Introduction1. Michael Murakami: Desegregation2. Amy Lerman: The Rights of the Accused3. Alison Gash and Angelo Gonzales: School Prayer4. Samantha Luks and Mike Salamone: Abortion5. John Hanley: The Death Penalty6. Serena Mayeri, Ryan Brown, Nathaniel Persily, and Son-Ho Kim: Gender Equality7. Loan Le and Jack Citrin: Affirmative Action8. Peter Hanson: Flag Burning9. Megan Mullin: Federalism10. Patrick J. Egan, Nathaniel Persily, and Kevin Wallsten: Gay Rights11. Josh Green and Matt Jarvis: The Right to Die12. Janice Nadler, Shari Seidman Diamond, and Matthew Patton: Government Takings of Private Property13. Darshan Goux, Patrick J. Egan, and Jack Citrin: The War on Terror and Civil Liberties14. Manoj Mate and Matt Wright: The 2000 Election Controversy

Editorial Reviews

"Sophisticated, insightful, and informative, this book is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between the Supreme Court and public opinion. Essential reading for anyone interested in how the Court reflects and shapes public opinion." --Michael J. Klarman,Bancroft-prize winning author of From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality