Constitutional Law For A Changing America: Institutional Powers and Constraints, 6th Edition / Edition 6

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A companion volume to Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Rights, Liberties and Justice, this volume analyzes institutional authority, including the separation of powers; nation state relations; commerce and tax law; and economic liberties. Photographs of litigants, exhibits from the cases, and descriptions of events that led to suits animate the text.

This new edition is extensively revised to bring developments in constitutional law up to date, including major dissenting and concurring opinions, decision making, and discussions of future trends.

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Approaches constitutional law for the undergraduate student, from both a legal and a political science viewpoint. Presents excerpts from important Supreme Court cases, with commentary tracing the path of the evolving law. Emphasis is placed on arguments raised by lawyers and interest groups, bringing out the political context in which decisions are reached. Cases are grouped in categories pertaining to the three branches of government, nation-state relations, and economic liberties. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
This casebook for students explores the authority of government as it has developed under U.S. constitutional law, with an emphasis on political factors. The volume contains excerpts from important Court rulings as well as commentary explaining how the law is being applied. Epstein (political science, Washington U., St. Louis) and Walker (political science, Emory U.) describe the events that lead up to the suits and the lawyers, litigants, and interest groups involved. Also included are a glossary of legal terms and brief biographies of justices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872894792
  • Publisher: CQ-Roll Call Group Books
  • Publication date: 2/8/2007
  • Edition description: 6TH
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 684
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Chronological table of cases
Tables, figures, and boxes
I The U.S. constitution 3
1 Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court 13
II Institutional authority
2 The judiciary 63
3 The legislature 123
4 The executive 187
5 The separation of powers system in action 263
III Nation-state relations
6 Federalism 325
7 The commerce power 406
8 The power to tax and spend 484
IV Economic liberties
9 The contract clause 543
10 Economic substantive due process 576
11 The takings clause 627
Reference material
Subject index 697
Case index 713
Image credits 719
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