The Political Thought of Justice Antonin Scalia: A Hamiltonian on the Supreme Court

The Political Thought of Justice Antonin Scalia: A Hamiltonian on the Supreme Court

by James B. Staab
     
 

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The Political Thought of Justice Antonin Scalia explores the similarities in political and constitutional thought between Justice Antonin Scalia and Alexander Hamilton and concludes that Hamilton holds the key to understanding Justice Scalia's past, present, and future decisions. From the fundamental premises of human nature to federalism, James B. Staab uses

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The Political Thought of Justice Antonin Scalia explores the similarities in political and constitutional thought between Justice Antonin Scalia and Alexander Hamilton and concludes that Hamilton holds the key to understanding Justice Scalia's past, present, and future decisions. From the fundamental premises of human nature to federalism, James B. Staab uses comparisons between the two men to find the underlying judicial philosophy that connects Justice Scalia's manifold decisions.

Editorial Reviews

Barbara A. Perry
Professor Staab has produced a carefully crafted, nuanced portrait of Antonin Scalia—the U.S. Supreme Court's most colorful and influential conservative justice. Comparing Scalia to an equally intriguing American character—Alexander Hamilton— is as original as it is brilliant!
Mark Tushnet
James Staab's comprehensive review of Justice Scalia's approach to judging argues that Scalia is a Hamiltonian and forthrightly grapples with Scalia's departures from Hamilton's nationalism. The first major work to move beyond the simplicities of calling Scalia a conservative or a textualist, instead locating Scalia's jurisprudence in American political thought, Staab's book is an invaluable contribution to understanding one of the most important justices on today's Supreme Court.
Henry J. Abraham
In an increasingly crowded field of judicial biographies of Justice Scalia, Professor Staab’s book stands out. His factual, intellectual, and sophisticated analysis of the Justice’s Hamiltonian Weltanschauung deserves close attention by all seriously desirous of understanding Scalia’s uniquely challenging jurisprudence.
CHOICE
This highly sophisticated attempt to link the jurisprudence of Justice Antonin Scalia to the thought of Alexander Hamilton shows the inadequacy of traditional conservative labels. . . . Of definite value for upper-division undergraduates and above . . . [and] essential for law collections.
Journal of Law & Politics
In the 200-year-history of the Supreme Court, no sitting justice has been the subject of such an extensive scholarly literature, as has Scalia. Through countless articles and numerous book-length treatments a contentious sub-literature has formed that attempts to explain his jurisprudence and effect on the law. … one can only be intrigued by a book that describes Scalia as a Hamiltonian.
David M. O'Brien
... an insightful and very readable analysis of Justice Scalia's jurisprudence, particularly with respect to federalism and separation of powers. Students and specialists alike will find the work useful and illuminating.
Appellate Practice Journal
This is a first-rate work of scholarship, analysis, and clear writing.
Law and Politics Book Review
In the 200-year-history of the Supreme Court, no sitting justice has been the subject of such an extensive scholarly literature, as has Scalia. Through countless articles and numerous book-length treatments a contentious sub-literature has formed that attempts to explain his jurisprudence and effect on the law. … one can only be intrigued by a book that describes Scalia as a Hamiltonian.

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ISBN-13:
9780742543119
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/04/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.84(d)

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