The Will Of The People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced The Supreme Court And Shaped The Meaning Of The Constitution

deBarry Friedman

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17 août 2010|
The Will Of The People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced The Supreme Court And Shaped The Meaning Of The Constitution de Barry Friedman
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In recent years, the justices of the Supreme Court have ruled definitively on such issues as abortion, school prayer, and military tribunals in the war on terror. They decided one of American history''s most contested presidential elections. Yet for all their power, the justices never face election, and hold their offices for life. This combination of influence and apparent unaccountability has led many to complain that there is something illegitimate-even undemocratic-about judicial authority.

In The Will of the People, Barry Friedman challenges that claim by showing that the Court has always been subject to a higher power: the American public. Judicial positions have been abolished, the justices'' jurisdiction has been stripped, the Court has been packed, and unpopular decisions have been defied. For at least the past sixty years, the justices have made sure that their decisions do not stray too far from public opinion.

Friedman''s pathbreaking account of the relationship between popular opinion and the Supreme Court-from the Declaration of Independence to the end of the Rehnquist Court in 2005-details how the American people came to accept their most controversial institution and, in so doing, shaped the meaning of the Constitution.

Barry Friedman holds the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Chair at the New York University School of Law. He is a constitutional lawyer and has litigated cases involving abortion, the death penalty, and free speech. He lives in New York City.
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Titre :The Will Of The People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced The Supreme Court And Shaped The Meaning Of The Constitution
Format :Couverture souple
Dimensions de l'article :624 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1.38 po
Dimensions à l'expédition :624 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1.38 po
Publié le :17 août 2010
Publié par :Farrar, Straus And Giroux
Langue :anglais
Convient aux âges :Tous les âges
ISBN - 13 :9780374532376

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