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Ackerman, Bruce A.

Works: 152 works in 490 publications in 5 languages and 26,822 library holdings
Genres: History  Trials, litigation, etc  Constitution  Treaties  Commercial treaties 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer
Classifications: KF4541, 320.97309034
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Most widely held works about Bruce A Ackerman
Most widely held works by Bruce A Ackerman
The failure of the founding fathers : Jefferson, Marshall, and the rise of presidential democracy by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 2,476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes previously unknown aspects of the electoral college crisis of 1800, presenting a revised understanding ofthe early days of two great institutions that continue to have a major impact on American history: the plebiscitarian presidency and a Supreme Court that struggles to put the presidency's claims of a popular mandate into constitutional perspective. Through close studies of two Supreme Court cases, Ackerman shows how the court integrated Federalist and Republican themes into the living Constitution of the early republic. The ink was barely dry on the Constitution when it was almost destroyed by the rise of political parties in the United States. As Bruce Ackerman shows, the Framers had not anticipated the two-party system, and when Republicans battled Federalists for the presidency in1800, the rules laid down by the Constitution exacerbated the crisis. [Publisher web site]
What Brown v. Board of Education should have said the nation's top legal experts rewrite America's landmark civil rights decision by J. M Balkin( )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 2,459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Its meaning, however, remains as contested as the case is celebrated. In the decades since the original decision, constitutional interpreters of all stripes have found within it different meanings. Both supporters and opponents of affirmative action have claimed the mantle of Brown, criticizing the other side for betraying its spirit. Meanwhile, the opinion itself has often been criticized as bland and uninspiring, carefully written to avoid controversy and maintain unanimity among the Justices."
Before the next attack preserving civil liberties in an age of terrorism by Bruce A Ackerman( )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 1,985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Also includes information on aftermath of terrorist attack, Al Qaeda, George W. Bush, civil liberties, U.S. Congress, U.S. Constitution, courts, detainees, detention, due process, emergency constitution, emergency powers, emergency regime, existential crisis, extraordinary powers, Founding Fathers, framework statutes, freedom, habeas corpus writ, Iraq war, Abraham Lincoln, Jose Padilla, panic reaction, precedents of presidential powers, presidency, president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, rule of law, second strike, Second World War, secrecy, seizure, September 11, 2001, state of emergency, supermajoritarian escalator, terrorist attack, torture, United Kingdom, etc
The stakeholder society by Bruce A Ackerman( )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 1,880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What would happen, ask Bruce Ackerman and Anne Alstott, if America were to make good on its promise of equal opportunity by granting every qualifying young adult a citizen's stake of eighty thousand dollars? Ackerman and Alstott argue that every U.S. citizen has the right to share in the wealth accumulated by preceding generations. The distribution of wealth is currently so skewed that the stakeholding fund could be financed by an annual tax of 2 percent on the property owned by the richest 40 percent of Americans." "Ackerman and Alstott analyze their initiative from moral, political, economic, legal, and human perspectives. By summoning the political will to initiate stakeholding, they argue, we can achieve a society that is more democratic, productive, and free."--Jacket
Bush v. Gore the question of legitimacy( )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Supreme Court's intervention in the 2000 election will shape American law and democracy long after George W. Bush has left the White House. This book brings together a broad range of preeminent legal scholars who address the larger questions raised by the Supreme Court's actions. Did the Court's decision violate the rule of law? Did it inaugurate an era of super-politicized jurisprudence? How should Bush v. Gore change the terms of debate over the next round of Supreme Court appointments? The contributors -- Bruce Ackerman, Jack Balkin, Guido Calabresi, Steven Calabresi, Owen Fiss, Charles Fried, Robert Post, Margaret Jane Radin, Jeffrey Rosen, Jed Rubenreid, Cass Sunstein, Laurence Tribe, and Mark Tushnet -- represent a broad political spectrum. Their reactions to the case are varied and surprising, filled with sparkling argument and spirited debate
Social justice in the liberal state by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

31 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Certain to become the most important work in political theory since John Rawls's A Theory of Justice, this book presents a brilliantly original, compelling vision of a just society-a world in which each of us may live his own life in his own way without denying the same right to others. Full of provocative discussions of issues ranging from education to abortion, it makes fascinating reading for anyone concerned with the future of the liberal democratic state
The decline and fall of the American republic by Bruce A Ackerman( )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Shows how the institutional dynamics of the last half-century have transformed the American presidency into a potential platform for political extremism and lawlessness"--Jacket
Voting with dollars a new paradigm for campaign finance by Bruce A Ackerman( )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deliberation Day by Bruce A Ackerman( )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bruce Ackerman and James Fishkin argue that Americans can revitalize their democracy and break the cycle of cynical media manipulation that is crippling public life. They propose a new national holiday - Deliberation Day - for each presidential election year. On this day people throughout the country will meet in public spaces and engage in structured debates about issues that divide the candidates in the upcoming presidential election. Deliberation Day is a bold new proposal, but it builds on a host of smaller experiments. Over the past decade, Fishkin has initiated Deliberative Polling events in the United States and elsewhere that bring random and representative samples of voters together for discussion of key political issues. In these events, participants greatly increase their understanding of the issues and often change their minds on the best course of action. Deliberation Day is not merely a novel idea but a feasible reform. Ackerman and Fishkin consider the economic, organisational, and political questions raised by their proposal and explore its relationship to the larger ideals of liberal democracy
We the people by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

27 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in English and French and held by 1,463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 1, Publisher description: Bruce Ackerman offers a sweeping reinterpretation of our nation's constitutional experience and its promise for the future. Integrating themes from American history, political science, and philosophy, We the People confronts the past, present, and future of popular sovereignty in America. Only this distinguished scholar could present such an insightful view of the role of the Supreme Court. Rejecting arguments of judicial activists, proceduralists, and neoconservatives, Ackerman proposes a new model of judicial interpretation that would synthesize the constitutional contributions of many generations into a coherent whole. The author ranges from examining the origins of the dualist tradition in the Federalist Papers to reflecting upon recent, historic constitutional decisions. The latest revolutions in civil rights, and the right to privacy, are integrated into the fabric of constitutionalism. Today's Constitution can best be seen as the product of three great exercises in popular sovereignty, led by the Founding Federalists in the 1780s, the Reconstruction Republicans in the 1860s, and the New Deal Democrats in the 1930s. Ackerman examines the roles played during each of these periods by the Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. He shows that Americans have built a distinctive type of constitutional democracy, unlike any prevailing in Europe. It is a dualist democracy, characterized by its continuing effort to distinguish between two kinds of politics: normal politics, in which organized interest groups try to influence democratically elected representatives; and constitutional politics, in which the mass of citizens mobilize to debate matters of fundamental principle. Although American history is dominated by normal politics, our tradition places a higher value on mobilized efforts to gain the consent of the people to new governing principles. In a dualist democracy, the rare triumphs of constitutional politics determine the course of normal politics. More than a decade in the making, and the first of three volumes, this compelling book speaks to all who seek to renew and redefine our civic commitments in the decades ahead
Clean coal/dirty air : or how the Clean air act became a multibillion-dollar bail-out for high-sulfur coal producers and what should be done about it by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

14 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Private property and the Constitution by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We the people by Bruce A Ackerman( )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Civil Rights Revolution carries Bruce Ackerman's sweeping reinterpretation of constitutional history into the era beginning with Brown v. Board of Education. From Rosa Parks's courageous defiance, to Martin Luther King's resounding cadences in "I Have a Dream," to Lyndon Johnson's leadership of Congress, to the Supreme Court's decisions redefining the meaning of equality, the movement to end racial discrimination decisively changed our understanding of the Constitution. Ackerman anchors his discussion in the landmark statutes of the 1960s: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Challenging conventional legal analysis and arguing instead that constitutional politics won the day, he describes the complex interactions among branches of government--and also between government and the ordinary people who participated in the struggle. The civil rights revolution transformed the Constitution, but not through judicial activism or Article V amendments. The breakthrough was the passage of laws that ended the institutionalized humiliations of Jim Crow and ensured equal rights at work, in schools, and in the voting booth. This legislation gained congressional approval only because of the mobilized support of the American people--and their principles deserve a central place in the nation's history. Ackerman's arguments are especially important at a time when the Roberts Court is actively undermining major achievements of America's Second Reconstruction.--From publisher description
The future of liberal revolution by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since 1989, the Cold War has ended, new nations have emerged in Eastern Europe, and revolutionary struggles to establish liberal ideals have been waged against repressive governments throughout the world. Will the promise of liberalism be realized? What can liberals do to make the most of their opportunities and construct enduring forms of political order? In this important and timely book, a leading political theorist discusses the possibility of liberal democracy in Western and Eastern Europe and offers practical suggestions for its realization. Bruce Ackerman begins by sketching the challenges faced a Western Europe free for the first time in half a century to determine its own fate without the constant intervention of the United States and the Soviet Union. Unless decisive steps are taken, this moment of promise can degenerate into a new cycle of nationalist power struggle. Revolutionary action is now required to build the foundations of a democratic federal Europe - a union strong enough to keep the peace and to combat the threat of local tyrannies."--Publisher description
The uncertain search for environmental quality by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

12 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconstructing American law by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Economic foundations of property law by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

12 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perspectives on property law by Robert C Ellickson( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is NAFTA constitutional? by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By a vote of 61 to 38, the Senate joined the House in declaring that "Congress approves...the North American Free Trade Agreement." The vote was virtually unnoticed, since the real battle over NAFTA was in the House. But there is a puzzle here. The President, the Framers assure us, "shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur." Whatever happened to the Treaty Clause? Bruce Ackerman and David Golove tell the story of the Treaty Clause's being displaced in the twentieth century by a modern procedure in which the House of Representatives joins the Senate in the process of consideration, but simple majorities in both Houses suffice to commit the nation. This is called the Congressional-Executive Agreement, and is a response to a sea change in public opinion during and after World War II. This agreement substituted for a failed constitutional amendment that would have required all treaties to be approved by majorities in both Houses rather than by two-thirds of the Senate. The modern Congressional-Executive Agreement was self-consciously developed in order to make formal constitutional amendment unnecessary. So, is NAFTA constitutional? This book is reprinted from the Harvard Law Review
We the people by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Ackerman , Bruce

Ackerman, Bruce 1943-

Ackerman, Bruce A.

Ackerman , Bruce Arnold

Ackerman, Bruce Arnold 1943-

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What Brown v. Board of Education should have said the nation's top legal experts rewrite America's landmark civil rights decisionBefore the next attack preserving civil liberties in an age of terrorismThe stakeholder societyBush v. Gore the question of legitimacySocial justice in the liberal stateThe decline and fall of the American republicVoting with dollars a new paradigm for campaign financeDeliberation Day