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Making our democracy work : a judge's view

Author: Stephen G Breyer
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage Books edView all editions and formats
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"Justice Breyer discusses what the Court must do going forward to maintain that public confidence and argues for interpreting the Constitution in a way that works in practice. He forcefully rejects competing approaches that look exclusively to the Constitution's text or to the eighteenth-century views of the framers. Instead, he advocates a pragmatic approach that applies unchanging constitutional values to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen G Breyer
ISBN: 9780307390837 0307390837
OCLC Number: 699764931
Description: xiv, 270 p. : ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Judicial review : the democratic anomaly --
Establishing judicial review : Marbury v. Madison --
The Cherokees --
Dred Scott --
Little Rock --
A present-day example --
The basic approach --
Congress, statutes, and purposes --
The executive branch, administrative action, and comparative expertise --
The States and Federalism : decentralization and subsidiarity --
Other Federal courts : specialization --
Past court decisions : stability --
Individual liberty : permanent values and proportionality --
The President, national security, and accountability : Korematsu --
Presidential power : Guantánamo and accountability --
Conclusion --
Appendix A : Images --
Appendix B : Background : the Court.
Responsibility: Stephen Breyer.

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"Justice Breyer discusses what the Court must do going forward to maintain that public confidence and argues for interpreting the Constitution in a way that works in practice. He forcefully rejects competing approaches that look exclusively to the Constitution's text or to the eighteenth-century views of the framers. Instead, he advocates a pragmatic approach that applies unchanging constitutional values to ever-changing circumstances -- an approach that will best demonstrate to the public that the Constitution continues to serve us well."--Book jacket.

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