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American Constitutional Law, Volume One: Constitutional Structures: Separated Powers and Federalism

American Constitutional Law, Volume One: Constitutional Structures: Separated Powers and Federalism

by Louis Fisher


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American Constitutional Law, Volume One: Constitutional Structures: Separated Powers and Federalism

This paperback volume (subtitled Constitutional Structures: Separated Powers and Federalism) includes Chapters 1 through 9 of American Constitutional Law, Eleventh Edition (hardback), plus the concluding chapter, ''Efforts to Curb the Court.''

This book, in addition to analyzing and including excerpts of court decisions, highlights the efforts of legislatures, executives, the states, and the general public to participate in an ongoing political dialogue about the meaning of the Constitution. It therefore rejects the idea that elected leaders and the public must passively receive and obey a series of unilateral and final judicial commands. The book covers all new developments in case law, congressional statutes, presidential policies, and initiatives undertaken by states under their own constitutions. Included are readings not only from cases but congressional floor debates, committee reports, committee hearings, presidential vetoes and statements, opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department, state activity, Federalist papers, and professional journals.

After introductory chapters on constitutional politics, the doctrine of judicial review, threshold requirements, judicial organization, and the process and strategy of decision making, the book focuses on these substantive areas: separation of powers (domestic and foreign affairs), federal-state relations, economic liberties, free speech and free press, religious freedom, due process, search and seizure, race, equal protection, privacy, and political participation. The book concludes with a chapter on efforts to curb the Supreme Court. Professors may choose between the one-volume casebound book or two paperbacks: Volume 1 on ''Constitutional Structures: Separated Powers and Federalism,'' and Volume 2 on ''Constitutional Rights: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.''

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611638103
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Publication date: 12/31/2015
Edition description: Eleventh Edition
Pages: 548
Sales rank: 200,942
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Louis Fisher is Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project. Previously, he worked for four decades at the Library of Congress as Senior Specialist in Separation of Powers (Congressional Research Service, from 1970 to 1996) and Specialist in Constitutional Law (Law Library, from 2006 to 2010). Katy Harriger is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Wake Forest University.

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Susan Burgess

I have used this book for two years now, in a two semester sequence, with great profit. I hope that in future editions Fisher will provide additional non-judicial materials to balance out the abundance of cases now included. Because students (not to mention scholars) are so wedded to judicial supremacy, they tend to be extremely skeptical about the importance and quality of congressional, executive, state, and public participation in constitutional debates.

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