Remnants of Belief: Contemporary Constitutional Issues

Paperback | December 1, 1994

byLouis Michael Seidman, Mark V. Tushnet

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Popular debate about constitutional issues such as abortion, affirmative action, the death penalty, and free speech, has become increasingly polarized, with a persistent and growing tendency to treat constitutional questions such as these as if they were easy and the answers obvious. InRemnants of Belief: Contemporary Constitutional Issues, Seidman and Tushnet investigate this phenomenon, tracing its beginning to the transformation of American government that accompanied the New Deal revolution over a half century ago. In their investigation, the authors examine the debates onissues such as free speech, criminal procedure, discrimination, and capital punishment, and the views of prominent figures in the field such as Robert Bork, Laurence Tribe, and Cass Sunstein. The book explores popular constitutional argument and suggests some common reasons why all sides of modernconstitutional debate are unsatisfactory. It explores the reasons why constitutional argument has ceased to serve its primary function: to bridge the gaps between citizens by appealing to the principles that unite them.

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Popular debate about constitutional issues such as abortion, affirmative action, the death penalty, and free speech, has become increasingly polarized, with a persistent and growing tendency to treat constitutional questions such as these as if they were easy and the answers obvious. InRemnants of Belief: Contemporary Constitutional Is...

Louis Michael Seidman and Mark Tushnet are both at Georgetown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.27 × 5.55 × 0.63 inPublished:December 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019509980X

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Table of Contents

1. Hard Questions, Easy Answers2. The Origins of the Present Situation3. The State Action Paradox4. Burdens, Benefits, and Baselines5. Racial Equality and the Rhetoric of Nondiscrimination6. Pornography and Campaign Finance7. Death and the Constitution8. The Structural Constitution9. The Case for Skeptical Commitment

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"An excellent book that would provide the springboard for much classroom discussion."--Robert W. Langran, Villanova University