The Supreme Court, 9th Edition

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Lawrence Baum is professor of political science at Ohio State University

Examines the nation's highest court as a political force in American government and provides an overview of the Court and its influence in our lives.

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About the Author:
Lawrence Baum is professor of political science at Ohio State University

Examines the nation's highest court as a political force in American government and provides an overview of the Court and its influence in our lives.

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YA-- Baum has capsulated the course of the United States Supreme Court in a manner that is easy and enjoyable to read. He reviews several facets of the Court--the practical, the personal, the politics, the patterns, the policies, the process, the participants, and the power--and how they have changed over time. While writing in a simple style, he explodes several highly held myths. Those interested in government politics should find that the book will extend their knowledge and reaffirm what they already may know. Aspiring attorneys would profit by reading it, and students who follow the Court through newspapers will delight to find analysis of very recent events. Through this book, readers will gain a better understanding of our political system.-- Judge R. P. Walker, Port Arthur, TX
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<:st> The 1981 edition is cited in . Viewing the court as a political institution, Baum (political science, Ohio State U.) describes political processes that affect the Court and emphasizes its role as a policymaker. He discusses the background and careers of the justices, their decision-making processes, and their rising standards for the acceptance of cases. He also considers the impact of Court decisions on the parties, law enforcement, and the society as a whole. Paper edition (unseen), $25.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Baum (political science, Ohio State U.) introduces the process and politics of the US Supreme Court, addressing such questions as who serves on the Court; how they got there; what determines which cases and issues the Court will decide; how the justices make decisions; what factors influence them; the extent of the Court's activism in policymaking; and the impact their rulings have. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933116853
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/5/2006
  • Series: Supreme Court Series
  • Edition description: 9TH
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents


Tables, Figures, and Boxes     ix
Preface     xi
The Court     1
A Perspective on the Court     2
The Court in the Judicial System     5
An Overview of the Court     11
The Court's History     20
The Justices     27
The Selection of Justices     27
Who Is Selected     49
Leaving the Court     60
Conclusion     64
The Cases     69
Reaching the Court: Litigants, Attorneys, and Interest Groups     70
Deciding What to Hear: The Court's Role     86
Caseload Growth and the Court's Response     98
Conclusion     101
Decision Making     106
Components of the Court's Decision     106
The Decision-Making Process     107
Influences on Decisions: Introduction     114
The State of the Law     114
Justices' Values     120
Group Interaction     132
The Court's Environment     142
Conclusion     149
Policy Outputs     156
Areas of Activity: What the Court Addresses     156
The Court's Activism     163
TheContent of Policy     170
Explaining the Court's Policies     178
Conclusion     183
The Court's Impact     187
Outcomes for the Parties     188
Implementation of Supreme Court Policies     190
Responses by Legislatures and Chief Executives     203
Impact on Society     216
Conclusion: The Court, Public Policy, and Society     225
Glossary of Legal Terms     231
Selected Bibliography     234
Sources on the Web     237
Case Index     239
Index     244
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