Remnants of Belief: Contemporary Constitutional Issues / Edition 1

Remnants of Belief: Contemporary Constitutional Issues / Edition 1

by Louis Michael Seidman, Mark V. Tushnet
     
 

ISBN-10: 019509980X

ISBN-13: 9780195099805

Pub. Date: 03/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Popular debate about constitutional issues such as abortion, affirmative action, the death penalty, and free speech, has become increasingly polarized, with a persistent and growing tendency to treat constitutional questions such as these as if they were easy and the answers obvious. In Remnants of Belief: Contemporary Constitutional Issues, Seidman and Tushnet

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Popular debate about constitutional issues such as abortion, affirmative action, the death penalty, and free speech, has become increasingly polarized, with a persistent and growing tendency to treat constitutional questions such as these as if they were easy and the answers obvious. In Remnants of Belief: Contemporary Constitutional Issues, Seidman and Tushnet investigate this phenomenon, tracing its beginning to the transformation of American government that accompanied the New Deal revolution over a half century ago. In their investigation, the authors examine the debates on issues such as free speech, criminal procedure, discrimination, and capital punishment, and the views of prominent figures in the field such as Robert Bork, Laurence Tribe, and Cass Sunstein. The book explores popular constitutional argument and suggests some common reasons why all sides of modern constitutional debate are unsatisfactory. It explores the reasons why constitutional argument has ceased to serve its primary function: to bridge the gaps between citizens by appealing to the principles that unite them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195099805
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Hard Questions, Easy Answers
2. The Origins of the Present Situation
3. The State Action Paradox
4. Burdens, Benefits, and Baselines
5. Racial Equality and the Rhetoric of Nondiscrimination
6. Pornography and Campaign Finance
7. Death and the Constitution
8. The Structural Constitution
9. The Case for Skeptical Commitment

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