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Constitutional Law and Politics: Struggles for Power and Governmental Accountabilityby David M Obrien
Synopses & Reviews
Ample primary source material includes case excerpts with introductions, headnotes, and Special Feature boxes that give students additional context for the cases.
This Seventh Edition has been updated with many new cases, including some classics and a number of recent Supreme Court decisions. These recent cases deal with fundamental issues such as abortion (Gonzales v. Carhart), racial integration in schools (Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1), Federal funding of faith-based projects (Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc.), and the restrictions of the McCain-Feingold law (Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc).
Book News Annotation:
O'Brien (government and foreign affairs, U. of Virginia) presents a casebook introduction to US constitutional law and politics, mixing in quite a bit of constitutional and political history along the way. Chapters cover the Supreme Court, judicial review, and constitutional politics; law and politics in the Supreme Court jurisdiction and decision-making process; the Court's docket and screening cases; presidential power, the rule of law, and foreign affairs; the President as chief executive in domestic affairs; membership, immunities, and investigatory powers of Congress; legislative, taxing, and spending powers of Congress; the states and American federalism; representative government, voting rights, and electoral politics; and economic rights and American capitalism. In addition to case materials, O'Brien includes other pedagogic materials such as excerpts of writings by Thomas Paine and John Locke and comparative discussion of federalism, federations, and confederations. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Now in its Seventh Edition, remains the authoritative casebook for the study of Supreme Court decisions in political science courses.
About the Author
David M. O'Brien is Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees in philosophy and political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is the author of numerous books, including Constitutional Law and Politics and Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics, winner of the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award.
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