The Constitution in the Courts: Law or Politics?

Paperback | January 1, 1995

byMichael J. Perry

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In the modern period of American constitutional law--the period since the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racially segregated public schooling in Brown v. Board of Education (1954)--there has been a persistent and vigorous debate in the United States about whether the Court has merely beenenforcing the Constitution or whether, instead, in the guise of enforcing the Constitution, the Court has really been usurping the legislative prerogative of making political choices about controversial issues. In this book, Professor Perry carefully disentangles and then thoughtfully addresses thevarious fundamental issues at the heart of the controversy: What is the argument for "judicial review"? What approach to constitutional interpretation should inform the practice of judicial review? How large or small a role should the Court play in bringing the interpreted Constitution to bear inresolving constitutional conflicts? To what extent are the Court's most controversial modern decisions--for example, decisions about racial segregation, discrimination based on sex, abortion, and homosexuality--sound; to what extent are they problematic? The Constitution in the Courts is a majorcontribution to one of the most fundamental controversies in modern American politics and law.

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In the modern period of American constitutional law--the period since the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racially segregated public schooling in Brown v. Board of Education (1954)--there has been a persistent and vigorous debate in the United States about whether the Court has merely beenenforcing the Constitution or whether, instead, in ...

Michael J. Perry is at Northwestern University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195104641

ISBN - 13:9780195104646

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"Michael Perry's exciting new book--a lucid and intellectually honest theory of constitutional law--is the decade's best exposition of what the Constitution can be."--Gary C. Leedes, University of Richmond