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Morality imposed : the Rehnquist Court and liberty in America

Author: Stephen E Gottlieb
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2000.
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"We like to think of judges and justices as making decisions based on the facts and the law. But to what extent do jurists decide cases in accordance with their own preexisting philosophy of law, and what specific ideological assumptions account for their decisions? Stephen E. Gottlieb adopts a unique perspective on the decision-making of Supreme Court justices, blending and re-characterizing traditional accounts of  Read more...
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Named Person: William H Rehnquist; William H Rehnquist
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen E Gottlieb
ISBN: 0814731287 9780814731284
OCLC Number: 42700401
Description: xvi, 342 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Origins --
2. The gulf --
3. Eclectic or unprincipled? --
4. Three justices in search of a character --
5. Between two worlds --
6. Consensus on the left --
7. Calculus --
8. Where utilitarians diverg --
9. Coda --
10. Ideoligical canons.
Responsibility: Stephen E. Gottlieb.
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Evaluating the decision-making of Supreme Court Justices, this text blends traditional accounts of political philosophy to explain justices' voting patterns. It illustrates how courts provide a  Read more...

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