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Ackerman, Bruce A.

Works: 210 works in 774 publications in 5 languages and 36,391 library holdings
Genres: History  Trial and arbitral proceedings  Constitutions  Trials, litigation, etc  Treaties  Constitution  Commercial treaties  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Performer, Other, wpr, Creator
Classifications: KF4541, 342.73029
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Most widely held works by Bruce A Ackerman
We the people by Bruce A Ackerman( )

48 editions published between 1991 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 3,173 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
The failure of the founding fathers : Jefferson, Marshall, and the rise of presidential democracy by Bruce A Ackerman( )

28 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 2,921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes previously unknown aspects of the electoral college crisis of 1800, presenting a revised understanding of the 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 in 1800, the rules laid down by the Constitution exacerbated the crisis. [Publisher web site]
Social justice in the liberal state by Bruce A Ackerman( )

29 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ackerman offers "his vision of a just society -- a world in which each of us may live in his own way without denying the same right to others." Ackerman argues that neither the myth of a social contract nor the search for social utility can do justice to the liberal ideal. He appeals instead to the most ancient of all philosophical devices -- the dialogue
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( )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 2,567 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( )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 2,489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terrorist attacks regularly trigger the enactment of repressive laws, setting in motion a vicious cycle that threatens to devastate civil liberties over the twenty-first century. In this book, Bruce Ackerman peers into the future and presents a practical alternative. He proposes an ʺemergency constitutionʺ that enables government to take extraordinary actions to prevent a second strike in the short run while prohibiting permanent measures that destroy our freedom over the longer run. Ackermanʼs ʺemergency constitutionʺ exposes the dangers lurking behind the popular notion that we are fighting a ʺwarʺ on terror. He criticizes court opinions that have adopted the war framework, showing how they uncritically accept extreme presidential claims to sweeping powers. Instead of expanding the authority of the commander in chief, the courts should encourage new forms of checks and balances that allow for decisive, but carefully controlled, presidential action during emergencies. In making his case, Ackerman explores emergency provisions in constitutions of nations ranging from France to South Africa, borrowing some useful aspects and adapting others. He shows that no country today is well equipped to both fend off terrorists and preserve fundamental liberties, drawing particular attention to recent British reactions to terrorist attacks: Book jacket
The stakeholder society by Bruce A Ackerman( )

21 editions published between 1900 and 2008 in English and held by 2,429 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( )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 2,315 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
The decline and fall of the American republic by Bruce A Ackerman( )

27 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 2,135 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( )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 2,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Private property and the Constitution by Bruce A Ackerman( )

22 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in English and held by 2,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The proper construction of the compensation clause of the Constitution has emerged as the central legal issue of the environmental revolution, as property owners have challenged a steady stream of environmental statutes that have cut deeply into traditional notions of property rights. When may they justly demand that the state compensate them for the sacrifices they are called upon to make for the common good? Ackerman argues that there is more at stake in the present wave of litigation than even the future shape of environmental law in the United States. To frame an adequate response, lawyers must come to terms with an analytic conflict that implicates the nature of modern legal thought itself. Ackerman expresses this conflict in terms of two opposed ideal types--Scientific Policymaking and Ordinary Observing--and sketches the very different way in which these competing approaches understand the compensation question. He also tries to demonstrate that the confusion of current compensation doctrine is a product of the legal profession's failure to choose between these two modes of legal analysis. He concludes by exploring the large implications of such a choice--relating the conflict between Scientific Policymaking and Ordinary Observing to fundamental issues in economic analysis, political theory, metaethics, and the philosophy of language
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( )

13 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 2,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On t.p.: Or how the Clean Air Act became a multibillion-dollar bail-out for high-sulfur coal producers and what should be done about it
Deliberation Day by Bruce A Ackerman( )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 2,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The future of liberal revolution by Bruce A Ackerman( )

28 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,021 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 )

14 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Progressives' century : political reform, constitutional government, and the modern American state by Stephen Skowronek( )

14 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the 1912 presidential campaign, Progressivism emerged as an alternative to what was then considered an outmoded system of government. A century later, a new generation of conservatives criticizes Progressivism as having abandoned America's founding values and miring the government in institutional gridlock. In this paradigm-shifting book, renowned contributors examine a broad range of issues, including Progressives' interpretation of the Constitution, their expansion and redistribution of individual rights, and reforms meant to shift power from political parties to ordinary citizens
Reconstructing American law by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

16 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We the people by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

29 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text argues that constitutional change, seemingly so orderly, formal, and refined, has in fact been a revolutionary process from the first. The Founding Fathers not being the genteel conservatives of myth, set America on a course of revolutionary disruption and constitutional creativity that endures at the close of the millennium. Citing examples like the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, the Great Depression and the New Dealers the author shows how the constitution was changed by these events
Perspectives on property law by Robert C Ellickson( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is NAFTA constitutional? by Bruce A Ackerman( Book )

20 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and German and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bruce Ackerman and David Golove tell the story of how the Treaty Clause was displaced in the twentieth century by a modern procedure in which the House of Representatives joins the Senate in the process of consideration, and simple majorities in both Houses suffice to commit the nation. This is called the Congressional-Executive Agreement, and is a response to a seachange in public opinion during and after World War II. As American troops swept through Europe, Americans at home were anxiously remembering the Senate's rejection of the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I. Would America once again win the war only to lose the peace?" "Rather than formally amending the Treaty Clause to strip a Senate minority of its veto power, political leaders of the 1940s developed the Congressional-Executive Agreement as an alternative to the classical treaty. But is such a fundamental change valid without a formal constitutional amendment?" "Challenging readers to rethink their understanding of the nature of constitutional change, this book vindicates the Congressional-Executive Agreement. In doing so, it not only establishes the validity of NAFTA and other recent initiatives like the World Trade Organization, but also establishes the constitutional framework for the democratic control of American diplomacy in the years ahead."--BOOK JACKET
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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 decision
The failure of the founding fathers : Jefferson, Marshall, and the rise of presidential democracySocial justice in the liberal stateWhat 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 legitimacyThe decline and fall of the American republicVoting with dollars : a new paradigm for campaign finance
Alternative Names
Ackerman B.

Ackerman Bruce

Ackerman, Bruce 1943-

Ackerman, Bruce A.

Ackerman, Bruce A., 1943-

Ackerman , Bruce Arnold

Ackerman, Bruce Arnold 1943-

Bruce Ackerman americký filozof

Bruce Ackerman Amerikaans filosoof

Bruce Ackerman amerykański prawnik, politolog i filozof polityczny

Bruce Ackerman filosofo statunitense

Bruce Arnold Ackerman US-amerikanischer Philosoph

Брюс Экерман

ברוס אקרמן

بروس أكيرمان باحث قانون دستوري

بروس آکرمن فیلسوف آمریکایی

애커만, 브루스 1943-

애커만, 브루스 A. 1943-

액커만, 브루스 1943-

액커만, 브루스 A. 1943-

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English (402)

Spanish (22)

Italian (7)

German (5)

French (1)