Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics

Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics

by David M. O'Brien
     
 

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The title of this update of the 2003 edition derives from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes' comment that the US Supreme Court is a "storm center" of political controversy. In a balanced treatment of the Court's power and curbs on its power, O'Brien (government and foreign affairs, U. of Virginia) expands discussion of how changes in the Court's composition, public… See more details below

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The title of this update of the 2003 edition derives from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes' comment that the US Supreme Court is a "storm center" of political controversy. In a balanced treatment of the Court's power and curbs on its power, O'Brien (government and foreign affairs, U. of Virginia) expands discussion of how changes in the Court's composition, public opinion, and elections affect decision-making. The text includes photos, a list of justices since 1789, and glossary. The first edition was published in 1986. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Carol Nackenoff
A very useful introduction to the Court,well-liked by students for its lively style,anecdotes,and political acumen.
Library Journal
With the abortion and school desegregation decisions, O'Brien contends, the Supreme Court has ceased to be Hamilton's ``least dangerous branch.'' Increasingly activist, it has in fact become a ``storm center'' of national politics. Ever mindful of our judicial past, O'Brien likewise finds the Court is markedly more bureaucratic. His lucid text descibes the inner rules and proceduresthe cost of filings, screening procedures, certiorari petitions, the justices' give-and-take negotiations, their tentative votes and maneuverings, the oral arguments, the growing number of dissents and plurality opinions. O'Brien finds the Court rife with heated personal clashes. Rather than above the battle, it is highly sensitive to external pressures, from the President, Congress, public opinion. This is an illuminating, first-rate primer for those seeking to understand the workings of the Court. Milton Cantor, History Dept., Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393937244
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2014
Edition description:
Tenth Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
491,758
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)

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