Law's Allure: How Law Shapes, Constrains, Saves, and Kills Politics

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Judicial and political power are inextricably linked in America, but by the time John Roberts and Samuel Alito joined the Supreme Court, that link seemed more important, more significant, and more pervasive than ever before. From war powers to abortion, from tobacco to integration, from the environment to campaign finance, Americans increasingly turn away from the political tools of negotiation, bargaining, and persuasion to embrace what they have come to believe is a more effective, more efficient, and even more just world of formal rules, automated procedures, litigation, and judicial decision-making. Using more than ten controversial policy case studies, Law's Allure: How Law Shapes, Constrains, Saves, and Kills Politics draws a roadmap to help politicians, litigators, judges, policy advocates, and those who study them understand the motives and incentives that encourage efforts to legalize, formalize, and judicialize the political process and American public policy, as well as the risks and rewards these choices can generate.

Author Biography

Gordon Silverstein is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. A former journalist with a PhD from Harvard University, Professor Silverstein has written extensively on judicial politics and is the author of Imbalance of Powers: Constitutional Interpretation and the Making of American Foreign Policy (1996).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Law's Allure: The Juridification of American Politics and Public Policyp. 1
Law's Allure: Why, Why Now, and Why it Matters
Motives, Incentives, Patterns, and Processp. 15
Why Now? From May and May Not - To Mustp. 42
Law Is Different: The Power of Precedentp. 63
Law's Allure: Patterns, Process, and Cautionary Tales
Poverty and Abortion: The Risks and Rewards of a Judicial Strategyp. 95
Environmental Regulation: A Constructive Patternp. 128
Campaign Finance: A Deconstructive Patternp. 152
The Separation of Powers: When the Court Says Yes - and Nop. 175
War Powers and Precedent: When the Court Is Reluctant to Intervenep. 209
Law's Allure: Costs and Consequences
Tobacco: How Law Saves- and Kills Politicsp. 245
Conclusion: The Promise and Peril of Law's Allurep. 266
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 307
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