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Courts and the Culture Wars
     

Courts and the Culture Wars

by Bradley C. S. Watson (Editor), Robert H. Bork (Contribution by), Francis Fr. Canavan (Contribution by), Murray Dry (Contribution by), John C. Eastman (Contribution by)
 

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For much of the second half of the twentieth century, America's courts—state and federal—have injected themselves into what many critics consider to be fundamentally moral or political disputes. By constitutionalizing these disputes, many feel that the courts have reduced the ability of Americans to engage in traditional, political modes of settling

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For much of the second half of the twentieth century, America's courts—state and federal—have injected themselves into what many critics consider to be fundamentally moral or political disputes. By constitutionalizing these disputes, many feel that the courts have reduced the ability of Americans to engage in traditional, political modes of settling differences over issues that excite particular passion. While legal discourse is well suited to choosing decisive winners and losers, political discourse is perhaps more conducive to reasonable compromise and accommodation. In Courts and the Culture Wars Bradley C. S. Watson has brought together some of America's most distinguished names in constitutional theory and practice to consider the impact of judicial engagement in the moral, religious, and cultural realms—including such issues as school prayer, abortion, gay rights, and expressive speech.

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Mary Ann Glendon
Courts and the Culture Wars casts a spotlight on the role that judges and lawyers have played in undercutting Americans' ability to have a say in setting the conditions under which they live, work and raise their children. These essays by some of the nation's most forthright social critics are lively, provocative, and sobering.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739104149
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Bradley C. S. Watson is Associate Professor of Political Science and Fellow in Politics and Culture in the Center for Economic and Policy Education at Saint Vincent College. He is the author of Civil Rights and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy, (Lexington Books, 1999).

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