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The Least Dangerous Branch

Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [1986] ©1986
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This classic book on the role of the Supreme Court in our democracy traces the history of the Court, assessing the merits of various decisions along the way. Eminent law professor Alexander Bickel begins with Marbury vs. Madison, which he says gives shaky support to judicial review, and concludes with the school desegregation cases of 1954, which he uses to show the extent and limits of the Court's power. In this  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
ISBN: 9780300173338 0300173334
OCLC Number: 1024016342
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Foreword / Wellington, Harry H. --
Acknowledgments --
CHAPTER 1. Establishment and General Justification of Judicial Review --
CHAPTER 2. The Premise of Distrust and Rules of Limitation --
CHAPTER 3. "The Infirm Glory of the Positive Hour" --
CHAPTER 4. The Passive Virtues --
CHAPTER 5. Neither Force nor Will --
CHAPTER 6. The Supreme Court at the Bar of Politics --
Notes --
Table of Cases --
Index
Responsibility: Alexander M. Bickel.
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This classic book on the role of the Supreme Court in our democracy traces the history of the Court, assessing the merits of various decisions along the way. Eminent law professor Alexander Bickel begins with Marbury vs. Madison, which he says gives shaky support to judicial review, and concludes with the school desegregation cases of 1954, which he uses to show the extent and limits of the Court's power. In this way he accomplishes his stated purpose: "to have the Supreme Court's exercise of judicial review better understood and supported and more sagaciously used." The book now includes new foreword by Henry Wellington.Reviews of the Earlier Edition:"Dozens of books have examined and debated the court's role in the American system. Yet there remains great need for the scholarship and perception, the sound sense and clear view Alexander Bickel brings to the discussion.... Students of the court will find much independent and original thinking supported by wide knowledge. Many judges could read the book with profit." -Donovan Richardson, Christian Science Monitor"The Yale professor is a law teacher who is not afraid to declare his own strong views of legal wrongs... One of the rewards of this book is that Professor Bickel skillfully knits in "ations from a host of authorities and, since these are carefully documented, the reader may look them up in their settings. Among the author's favorites is the late Thomas Reed Powell of Harvard, whose wit flashes on a good many pages." -Irving Dillard, Saturday ReviewAlexander M. Bickel was professor of law at Yale University.

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