The Supreme Court, 11th Edition / Edition 11

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Balanced and enlightening, Lawrence Baum's The Supreme Court, Eleventh Edition, examines all major aspects of the Court, including the selection, backgrounds, and tenures of justices; the creation of the Court's agenda; the decision-making process and the factors that shape the Court's decisions; the substance of the Court's policies; and the Court's impact on government and U.S. society. This new edition pays particular attention to the leadership of Chief Justice Roberts, the key position of Justice Kennedy as "swing" justice, and the Court's role in shaping national policy on such issues as campaign finance and health care. In addition, it examines the impact of the Court on the growing polarization that has reshaped politics in the United States.

Delving deeply into the Court?s personalities and procedures, Baum explains the actions of the Court and the behavior of its justices, as he reveals the Court's complexity, reach, and influence.

Lawrence Baum is professor emeritus of political science at Ohio State University and holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. A widely recognized authority on the court system, Baum is the author of Specializing the Courts (2011), Judges and Their Audiences: A Perspective on Judicial Behavior (2006), American Courts: Process and Policy, 7th Edition (2012), and The Pazzle of Judicial Behavior (1997), as well as numerous articles on topics such as the implementation of court decisions, change in Supreme Court policies, and interaction between the Supreme Court and Congress. He has received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and the University Distinguished Scholar Award.

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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Editorial Reviews

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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
<: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.
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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452220963
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 238,531
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Boxes ix

Preface xi

1 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 21

2 The Justices 28

The Selection of Justices 28

Who Is Selected 49

Leaving the Court 59

Conclusion 64

3 The Cases 69

Reaching the Court: Litigants, Attorneys, and Interest Groups 70

Deciding What to Hear: The Court's Role 86

Setting the Size of the Agenda 96

Conclusion 99

4 Decision Making 105

Components of the Court's Decision 105

The Decision-Making Process 106

Influences on Decisions: Introduction 114

The State of the Law 115

Justices' Values 121

Group Interaction 131

The Court's Environment 140

Conclusion 147

5 Policy Outputs 155

Areas of Activity: What tie Court Addresses 155

The Court's Activism 161

The Content of Policy 169

Explaining the Court's Policies 178

Conclusion 183

6 The Court's Impact 187

Outcomes for the Parties 188

Implementation of Supreme Court Policies 190

Responses by Legislatures and Chief Executives 202

Impact on Society 214

Conclusion: The Court, Public Policy, and Society 221

Glossary of Legal Terms 228

Selected Bibliography 231

Sources on the Web 234

Case Index 236

Index 242

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