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A companion volume to Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Rights, Liberties and Justice, this volume analyzes institutional authority, including the separation of powers; nation state relations; commerce and tax law; and economic liberties. Photographs of litigants, exhibits from the cases, and descriptions of events that led to suits animate the text.This new edition is extensively revised to bring developments in constitutional law up to date, including major dissenting and concurring opinions, decision making, and discussions of future trends.
Judicial decisions are influenced by myriad political factors, from lawyers and interest groups, to the shifting sentiments of public opinion, to the ideological and behavioral inclinations of the justices. Authors Lee Epstein and Thomas G. Walker show how these dynamics shape the development of constitutional doctrine. Known for fastidious revising and streamlining, the authors incorporate the latest scholarship in the fields of both political science and legal studies and offer rock-solid analysis of both classic and contemporary landmark cases, including key opinions handed down through the 2015 session. Filled with supporting material—photographs of the litigants, sidebars comparing the U.S. with other nations, and "Aftermath" boxes that tell the stories of the parties' lives after the Supreme Court has acted—the text encourages greater student engagement with the material and a more complete understanding of the American constitution.
There are three general models of Supreme Court decision making: the legal model, the attitudinal model and the strategic model. But each is somewhat incomplete. This book advances an integrated model of Supreme Court decision making that incorporates variables from each of the three models. In examining the modern Supreme Court, since Brown v. Board of Education, the book argues that decisions are a function of the sincere preferences of the justices, the nature of precedent, and the development of the particular issue, as well as separation of powers and the potential constraints posed by the president and Congress. To test this model, the authors examine all full, signed civil liberties and economic cases decisions in the 1953–2000 period. Decision Making by the Modern Supreme Court argues, and the results confirm, that judicial decision making is more nuanced than the attitudinal or legal models have argued in the past.
Artfully balancing the historical foundations of the office with analysis of the increasingly political nature of the presidency, Pika and Maltese assess the institution, the individuals who have served, the president's interactions with the public and governing elites, and the chief executive's impact on public policy. Offering students the best of both worlds, this comprehensive text offers historical examples and context throughout, while weaving new scholarship and balanced coverage of the current Bush administration into every chapter, making The Politics of the Presidency the most current presidency text on the market.

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