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Constitutional Law and Politics: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


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, Eighth Edition, has more material--including case excerpts, concurring and dissenting opinions, and topical introductions--than any other casebook. Each case is set in its historical and political context, with social and technological factors relevant to the study of Supreme Court rulings noted throughout. Special feature boxes make constitutional law come alive with additional insights on the history, context, and personalities behind Supreme Court deliberations and decisions. New cases added for the Eighth Edition include: , about presidential power, detainees in the War on Terror, and the writ of habeas corpus; , about presidential power, treaties, and federalism; , a landmark case about corporate contributions in federal elections and First Amendment rights; , about regulating the Internet; , about strip searches of students; and , about the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule.

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Beautifully organized and thorough, this casebook for constitutional law courses offers students the political and historical context for each case, as well as introductory chapters on the politics of constitutional interpretation and Supreme Court decision-making which describe the underlying theories that lead justices to formulate such widely different conclusions. Each case is presented with a brief introduction giving its significance, and introductions are provided at the beginning of each thematic chapter that indicate the historical and political import of the cases that follow, as well as other themes. New to the 8th edition are updated introductions, cases, highlights of the Court's terms through 2009-2010, new inset boxes, and a new section on how to research legal materials. This is the 2nd of 2 volumes: Vol.1 is titled Struggles for power and governmental accountability. O'Brien is at the U. of Virginia. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


The most cases to choose from, with the contextual headnotes students need to make sense of--and engage with--American constitutional law and politics.

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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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Obrien, David M
O'Brien, David M.
W. W. Norton & Company
Law-Legal Guides and Reference
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Eighth Edition
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