The Longest Night: Polemics and Perspectives on Election 2000

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Arthur Jacobson, Michel Rosenfeld, Professor of Human Rights and Director Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory Michel Rosenfeld
University of California Press, Oct 28, 2002 - Political Science - 417 pages
"The Longest Night provides a comprehensive and insightful look at our country's most fascinating election. The contributions from political insiders are utterly absorbing. Sharply written and edited; an impressive collaboration."—Susan Estrich, author of Sex and Power

"Arthur Jacobson and Michel Rosenfeld have provided a very important civic service. Their collection of commentaries on the disputed presidential election of 2000 brings all the confusion and frenzy of that event into clear intellectual focus. On one level it documents the most lively and informed reaction to the legal aftermath of the election. But it does more. It contains a range of erudite and well-reasoned interpretations, not just of the law and court decisions, but also of political institutions, the constitutional history, and the election itself."—Mary P Ryan, author of Civic Wars: Democracy and Public Life in the American City during the Nineteenth Century

"The great strength of this book is its inclusion of international perspectives on the American presidential debacle of 2000. After reading the insights of commentators and scholars from France, Italy, Germany, and elsewhere, it becomes clear precisely why, like an aging Humpty-Dumpty, our patchwork set of elitist assumptions, idiosyncratic practices, and archaic democratic institutions came tumbling down in Florida. It is too late simply to put Humtpy-Dumpty back together again. The Longest Night reminds us that the United States has much to learn from those countries that are boldly advandcing the future of democracy and leaving us in their dust."—Lani Guinier, coauthor of The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy
 

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Contents

Cast and Chronology
22
Equal Protection for Votes
47
THE MACHINERY OF DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA
67
A Badly Flawed Election
89
Three Strikes for the Constitution the Court
111
Popular Election of the President without a Constitutional
142
The Unbearable Rightness of Bush v Gore
144
Arthur Jacobson
189
Springtime for Rousseau
250
A View from Jerusalem
279
Constitutional Council Review of Presidential Elections in France
295
Seven Reasons Why Bush v Gore Would Have Been Unlikely
318
A European Perspective on the Millennial
332
Reform or Deform?
347
A Fatally Flawed Institution
361
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS 597
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1o Anatomy of a Constitutional Coup
227

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Arthur J. Jacobson is Max Freund Professor of Litigation and Advocacy at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. He is coeditor of Weimar: A Jurisprudence of Crisis (California, 2000) and Justice and the Legal System: A Coursebook (1992). Michel Rosenfeld is Justice Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is author of Just Interpretations: Law between Ethics and Politics (California, 1998), Affirmative Action and Justice: A Philosophical and Constitutional Inquiry (1991), and coeditor of Habermas on Law and Democracy: Critical Exchanges (California, 1998).

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