The Democratic Constitution / Edition 1

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Overview

In this fascinating debunking of judicial supremacy, Devins and Fisher argue that nonjudicial contributions to constitutional interpretation make the Constitution more stable, more consistent with constitutional principles, and more protective of individual and minority rights. This highly readable narrative of how the Court and elected officials work in concert with the American people to shape constitutional values is an impressive affirmation of public participation in the political process.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195171235
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/13/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,081,764
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Neal Devins is Ernst W. Goodrich Professor of Law and Government at the College of William and Mary. He is also editor of the Constitutional Conflicts Book Series at Duke University Press. Louis Fisher is senior specialist in separation of powers at the Congressional Research Service. He testifies before congressional committees on a variety of constitutional issues, including war powers, executive privilege, item vetoes, legislative vetoes, and covert spending.

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Table of Contents

1 Judicial supremacy as orthodoxy 9
2 Who participates? 29
3 Federalism 53
4 Separation of powers 77
5 The war power 103
6 Privacy 127
7 Race 149
8 Speech 173
9 Religion 195
10 The ongoing dialogue 217
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