American Constitutional Law, Seventh Edition

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-03-06
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Pr

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The only book that develops constitutional law in the comprehensive sense, American Constitutional Law not only contains the results of court decisions but also highlights the efforts of legislatures, executives, the states, and the general public. Available in two formats - a single, hardback volume or two paperback volumes - it covers all new developments in case law, congressional statutes, presidential policies, and initiatives undertaken by states under their own constitutions.Most constitutional law books focus only on case law and judicial pronouncements, but American Constitutional Law illustrates how both judicial and non-judicial forces shape constitutional law. Compared to other texts, this book offers more citations to earlier decisions, allowing the reader to research areas in greater depth and better understand the process of trial and error used to shape constitutional principles. A broad range of cases (not just landmark cases) is combined with nonjudicial contributions. Fisher and Adler also cover state involvement in constitutional law by offering examples of how states, by interpreting their own constitutions, may depart from Supreme Court doctrines. Readings include not only court cases, but presidential statements and congressional debates.

Table of Contents

Constitutional politicsp. 3
The doctrine of judicial reviewp. 35
Threshold requirements : husbanding power and prestigep. 79
Judicial organizationp. 121
Decisionmaking : process and strategyp. 147
Separation of powers : domestic conflictsp. 171
Separation of powers : emergencies and foreign affairsp. 251
Federal-state relationsp. 309
Economic libertiesp. 399
Free speech in a democratic societyp. 451
Freedom of the pressp. 509
Religious freedomp. 565
Rights of the accusedp. 641
Search and seizurep. 703
Racial discriminationp. 759
Emerging group pressuresp. 827
Rights of privacyp. 891
Political participationp. 955
Efforts to curb the courtp. 1029
The Constitution of the United Statesp. 1067
Justices of the Supreme Court (1789-2006)p. 1081
Glossary of legal termsp. 1083
How to research the lawp. 1089
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