American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jul 16, 2009 - Law - 512 pages
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American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes is a unique casebook that encourages citizens and students of the Constitution to think critically about the fundamental principles and policies of the American constitutional order. In addition to its distinguished authorship, the book has two prominent features that set it apart from other books in the field: an emphasis on the social, political, and moral theory that provides meaning to constitutional law and interpretation, and a comparative perspective that situates the American experience within a world context that serves as an invaluable prism through which to illuminate the special features of our own constitutional order. While the focus of the book is entirely on American constitutional law, the book asks students to consider what, if anything, is unique in American constitutional life and what we share with other constitutional democracies. Each chapter is preceded by an introductory essay that highlights these major themes and also situates the cases in their proper historical and political contexts. This new edition offers updated and expanded treatment of a number of important and timely topics, including gerrymandering and campaign finance. Volume 1 of this text focuses on governmental structures and relationships and includes a chapter on elections and political representation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Institutional and Interpretive Foundations
9
The Supreme Court
11
The Constitution and Its Interpretation
31
Intergovernment Powers and Relationships
57
Judicial Power
61
Separation of Powers
105
Foreign Affairs and Constitutional Crises
167
The United States Constitution
451
First Inaugural Address
461
The Gettysburg Address
465
Understanding Supreme Court Opinions
467
Glossary of Terms
471
Chronological Chart of the Justices
477
Legal Research on the World Wide Web
481
The Federalist No 78
483

Federalism and State Regulatin
255
Congressional Powers
323
Voting and Political Representation
385
Declaration of Independence
449

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Donald P. Kommers is Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and professor of law emeritus at Notre Dame University. John E. Finn is professor of government at Wesleyan University. Gary J. Jacobsohn is H. Malcolm MacDonald Professor in Constitutional and Comparative Law in the Department of Government at University of Texas at Austin.

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