The Rights Revolution: Lawyers, Activists, and Supreme Courts in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

The Rights Revolution: Lawyers, Activists, and Supreme Courts in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

by Charles R. Epp
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226211622

ISBN-13: 9780226211626

Pub. Date: 10/15/1998

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

It is well known that the scope of individual rights has expanded dramatically in the United States over the last half-century. Less well known is that other countries have experienced "rights revolutions" as well. Charles R. Epp argues that, far from being the fruit of an activist judiciary, the ascendancy of civil rights and liberties has rested on the…  See more details below

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It is well known that the scope of individual rights has expanded dramatically in the United States over the last half-century. Less well known is that other countries have experienced "rights revolutions" as well. Charles R. Epp argues that, far from being the fruit of an activist judiciary, the ascendancy of civil rights and liberties has rested on the democratization of access to the courts--the influence of advocacy groups, the establishment of governmental enforcement agencies, the growth of financial and legal resources for ordinary citizens, and the strategic planning of grass roots organizations. In other words, the shift in the rights of individuals is best understood as a "bottom up," rather than a "top down," phenomenon.

The Rights Revolution is the first comprehensive and comparative analysis of the growth of civil rights, examining the high courts of the United States, Britain, Canada, and India within their specific constitutional and cultural contexts. It brilliantly revises our understanding of the relationship between courts and social change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226211626
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
1,097,144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2The Conditions for the Rights Revolution: Theory11
3The United States: Standard Explanations for the Rights Revolution26
4The Support Structure and the U.S. Rights Revolution44
5India: An Ideal Environment for a Rights Revolution?71
6India's Weak Rights Revolution and Its Handicap90
7Britain: An Inhospitable Environment for a Rights Revolution?111
8Britain's Modest Rights Revolution and Its Sources132
9Canada: A Great Experiment in Constitutional Engineering156
10Canada's Dramatic Rights Revolution and Its Sources171
11Conclusion: Constitutionalism, Judicial Power, and Rights197
AppSelected Constitutional or Quasi-Constitutional Rights Provisions for the United States, India, Britain, and Canada207
Notes225
Bibliography281
Index307

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