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Posted July 28, 2012
Outstanding work: deep research and keen analysis
A compelling work that not only chronicles the rise of the conservative legal movement--both in academe and in conservative public interest law--but goes a long way to explaining it. Through exhaustive research (including unusual access to organizations' archives) and adept application of political science theory, Teles debunks the myth that the conservative legal movement's ascendancy was foreordained (by its deep pockets or mastery of Machiavellian strategy), chronicling and explaining its many failures as well as its ultimate successes. What led to the success of such organizations as the Federalist Society and the Institute for Justice was a mixture of far-sighted foundation funding, entrepreneurial energy, intellectual idealism, strategic compromise regarding which issues were political and legal winners and which should be sacrificed, and not a little luck. Teles is particularly good regarding the importance of legal elitism: the fact that Law and Economics gained a foothold at schools like Yale, Harvard, and Stanford mattered much more than its ability to take over (low-status) George Mason. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.