The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law

The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law

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by Steven M. Teles
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691122083

ISBN-13: 9780691122083

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Starting in the 1970s, conservatives seeking to reverse the growth of legal liberalism looked not to traditional, electoral politics, but instead toward law schools, professional networks, public interest groups, and the judiciary. In The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement, Steven Teles examines this sometimes fitful, and still only partially successful,

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Starting in the 1970s, conservatives seeking to reverse the growth of legal liberalism looked not to traditional, electoral politics, but instead toward law schools, professional networks, public interest groups, and the judiciary. In The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement, Steven Teles examines this sometimes fitful, and still only partially successful, conservative challenge to liberal domination of the law and American legal institutions.

Teles reveals the formidable challenges that conservatives faced in competing with legal liberalism. Rather than viewing the conservative legal movement as a grand strategy masterfully pursued, he tells a story of individuals and political entrepreneurs learning from trial and error. Drawing on previously unavailable internal documents, as well as interviews with key figures, Teles explores how conservative mobilization was shaped by the legal profession, the legacy of the liberal movement, and the difficulties in matching strategic opportunities with effective organizational responses.

Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives

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ISBN-13:
9780691122083
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Political Competition, Legal Change, and the New American State 6

2 The Rise of the Liberal Legal Network 22

3 Conservative Public Interest Law I: Mistakes Made 58

4 Law and Economics I: Out of the Wilderness 90

5 The Federalist Society: Counter-Networking 135

6 Law and Economics II: Institutionalization 181

7 Conservative Public Interest Law II: Lessons Learned 220

Conclusion 265

Appendix: Interviews 283

Notes 287

Index 331

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The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
HarryCaul More than 1 year ago
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.