American Constitutional Law

Front Cover
Carolina Academic Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Law - 1145 pages
The only book that develops constitutional law in the comprehensive sense, American Constitutional Law not only contains the results of court decisions but also highlights the efforts of legislatures, executives, the states, and the general public. Available in two formats a single, hardback volume or two paperback volumes it covers all new developments in case law, congressional statutes, presidential policies, and initiatives undertaken by states under their own constitutions.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, this book offers more citations to earlier decisions, allowing the reader to research areas in greater depth and better understand the process of trial and error used to shape constitutional principles. A broad range of cases (not just landmark cases) is combined with nonjudicial contributions. Fisher and Adler also cover state involvement in constitutional law by offering 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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

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



69 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Louis Fisher is the Senior Specialist in Separation of Powers for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress.

David Adler is a Professor of Political Science at Idaho State University.

Bibliographic information