9780231100359

Campaigns and the Court

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  • ISBN13:

    9780231100359

  • ISBN10:

    0231100353

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-05-01
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr

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Summary

Over two centuries of American history the Supreme Court has often become a significant issue in presidential elections, with voters acutely aware that the dominance of one party at the polls may translate into that party's dominance on the nation's highest court. Should Americans presume that votes at the ballot box will have an effect on votes at the Supreme Court on what our Constitution means?Donald Grier Stephenson Jr. explores the periods when the Court has been an issue in elections -- and when it has not----investigating ten elections in which the Court was clearly an issue and looking also at the election of 1992, in which it could have become a major issue but did not. Drawing from four areas of political history -- party evolution, presidential campaigns, as well as judicial and constitutional development -- Stephenson presents a sophisticated inquiry into the relationship of the Supreme Court to the electoral process and considers whether this recurring electoral phenomenon is a beneficial feature of democratic politics -- or one that ought to be met with concern.

Table of Contents

The Constitution, Politics, and the Supreme Court
The Election of 1800: Partisan Beginnings
The Election of 1832: Partisanship Revived
The Election of 1860: Limits of Partisanship
The Elections of 1896, 1912, and 1924: Partisanship Redirected
The Election of 1936: A Constitutional Divide
The Election of 1968: Partisanship Destabilized
The Elections of 1980 and 1984: Whose Constitution?
Presidential Campaigns and the Supreme Court
The Presidency and Congress, by 1789--1998
Presidents and Justices
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