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The Democratic Constitution
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
Publication date August 26, 2004
Pages 303
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780195171235
ISBN-10 0195171233
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $38.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Constitutional law is clearly shaped by judicial actors. But who else contributes? Scholars in the past have recognized that the legislative branch plays a significant role in determining structural issues, such as separation of powers and federalism, but stopped there--claiming that only courts had the independence and expertise to safeguard individual and minority rights. In this readable and engaging narrative, the authors identify the nuts and bolts of the national dialogue and relate succinct examples of how elected officials and the general public often dominate the Supreme Court in defining the Constitution's meaning. Making use of case studies on race, privacy, federalism, war powers, speech, and religion, Devins and Fisher demonstrate how elected officials uphold individual rights in such areas as religious liberty and free speech as well as, and often better than, the courts.

This fascinating debunking of judicial supremacy argues that nonjudicial contributions to constitutional interpretation make the Constitution more stable, more consistent with constitutional principles, and more protective of individual and minority rights.


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780195171228
 
from Oxford Univ Pr (August 26, 2004)
9780195171228 | details & prices | 303 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $95.00
Paperback
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2 edition from Oxford Univ Pr (October 1, 2015)
9780199916542 | details & prices | 343 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $39.95
About: Constitutional law is clearly shaped by judicial actors.
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from Oxford Univ Pr on Demand (August 26, 2004)
9780195171235 | details & prices | 303 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $38.95
About: Constitutional law is clearly shaped by judicial actors.

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