American constitutional interpretation

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Foundation Press, Apr 18, 2008 - Law - 1749 pages
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This undergaduate text uses original essays, cases and materials to study the very enterprise by which a constitution is interpreted and a constitutional government created. It explores the American polity as both a constitutional and democratic entity. This volume is organized around a set of basic interrogatives: What is the constitution that is to be interpreted? Who are its authoritative interpreters? How do they go about their interpretive tasks?

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Walter F. Murphy is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Emeritus at Princeton University. Murphy was one of the creators of Courts, Judges, & Politics in 1961. His other books include Congress and the Court (1962), Elements of Judicial Strategy (1964); The Vicar of Christ (1979), and American Constitutional Interpretation (with James E. Fleming and Sotirios A. Barber, 2d ed. 1995). A former Commissioner of Civil Rights in New Jersey, Murphy served for 13 years as a member of that state's committee, monitoring judicial conduct.

James E. Fleming is Professor of Law and The Honorable Frank R. Kenison Distinguished Scholar in Law at Boston University School of Law. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Securing Constitutional Democracy: The Case of Autonomy and Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions.

Sotirios A. Barber is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.

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