A Court Divided: The Rehnquist Court and the Future of Constitutional Law

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 17, 2005 - Law - 416 pages
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"An incisive consideration of the Supremes, offering erudite yet accessible clues to legal thinking on the most important level."--Kirkus Reviews

In this authoritative reckoning with the eighteen-year record of the Rehnquist Court, Georgetown law professor Mark Tushnet reveals how the decisions of nine deeply divided justices have left the future of the Court; and the nation; hanging in the balance. Many have assumed that the chasm on the Court has been between its liberals and its conservatives. In reality, the division was between those in tune with the modern post-Reagan Republican Party and those who, though considered to be in the Court's center, represent an older Republican tradition. As a result, the Court has modestly promoted the agenda of today's economic conservatives, but has regularly defeated the agenda of social issues conservatives; while paving the way for more radically conservative path in the future.
 

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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

While this book is five years old and so not as pertinent as it once was, it is still good reading and shows a lot of insight into work of the Court. It shows no particular ideological bias at least ... Read full review

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User Review  - urhockey22 - LibraryThing

A pretty good book. It is probably best as an introduction to the members of this court than as a book for those that already have some knowledge. Slow at points, has a tendency to talk down to the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
9
Clarence Thomass Constitution
71
Ruth Bader Ginsburgs Equal Protection Clause
104
Antonin Scalias First Amendment
130
Anthony Kennedy and Gay Rights
156
The Religious Rights AgendaSymbols and Money
180
EIGHT
204
Race Affirmative Action and Crime
223
The Federalism Revolution
249
ELEVEN
279
TWELVE
302
THIRTEEN
319
Epilogue
347
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Mark Tushnet is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the author of A Court Divided: The Rehnquist Court and the Future of Constitutional Law. He divides his time between Washington, DC, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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