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

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Overview


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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Offers a comparative analysis of the growth of civil rights, examining the high courts of the US, Britain, Canada, and India within their specific constitutional and cultural contexts. Argues that, rather than being the fruit of an activist judiciary, the ascendancy of civil rights and liberties has rested on the democratization of access to the courts. An appendix provides rights-provision documents. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226211626
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 1,014,507
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles R. Epp is professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. He is the author of several books.
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Table of Contents


List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
1: Introduction
2: The Conditions for the Rights Revolution: Theory
3: The United States: Standard Explanations for the Rights Revolution
4: The Support Structure and the U.S. Rights Revolution
5: India: An Ideal Environment for a Rights Revolution?
6: India's Weak Rights Revolution and Its Handicap
7: Britain: An Inhospitable Environment for a Rights Revolution?
8: Britain's Modest Rights Revolution and Its Sources
9: Canada: A Great Experiment in Constitutional Engineering
10: Canada's Dramatic Rights Revolution and Its Sources
11: Conclusion: Constitutionalism, Judicial Power, and Rights
App: Selected Constitutional or Quasi-Constitutional Rights Provisions for the United States, India, Britain, and Canada
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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