American Constitutional Law

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Carolina Academic Press, 2001 - Constitutional law - 1275 pages
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One of the most widely used constitutional law textbooks is back in a new edition. The only book that develops constitutional law in the comprehensive sense, American Constitutional Law, 4th ed. not only contains the results of court decisions but also highlights the efforts of legislatures, executives, the states, and the general public. Most constitutional law books focus only on case law and judicial pronouncements, but American Constitutional Law illustrates how both judicial and non-judicial forces shape constitutional law.

Compared to other texts written by political scientists, this book offers much more in the way of citations to earlier decisions. These citations allow the reader to research areas in greater depth and also highlight the process of trial and error used by the Supreme Court to clarify constitutional principles. Presenting a broad range of cases, rather than merely focusing on landmark cases, allows the reader to understand the development of constitutional law.

Fisher also covers state involvement in constitutional law through examples of how states, by interpreting their own constitutions, may depart from Supreme Court doctrines. Readings include not only court cases but presidential statements and congressional debates. This is the perfect book for undergraduate political science courses as well as an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the development of constitutional law in the United States.

This book will be available in two formats: a one-volume, casebound edition and a two-volume paperback edition, with volume 1 being Constitutional Structures: Separated Powers and Federalism and volume 2 being Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties.

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User Review  - AuntieClio - LibraryThing

Read for a class on the US Constitution and Civil Liberties. Not a law student, no ambitions to be one but I found the summaries of cases and their attendant impact on the law and the excerpts of cases to be utterly fascinating. Too bad the instructor was not so good. Read full review


Cooley v Board of Wardens
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Louis Fisher is Senior Specialist in Separation of Powers at the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.

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