menu
 
(0)
 
Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy : the Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History (Princeton Studies in...International, and Comparative Perspectives)
by Whittington, Keith E.

Overview -

Should the Supreme Court have the last word when it comes to interpreting the Constitution? The justices on the Supreme Court certainly seem to think so--and their critics say that this position threatens democracy. But Keith Whittington argues that the Court's justices have not simply seized power and circumvented politics. The justices have had power thrust upon them--by politicians, for the benefit of politicians. In this sweeping political history of judicial supremacy in America, Whittington shows that presidents and political leaders of all stripes have worked to put the Court on a pedestal and have encouraged its justices to accept the role of ultimate interpreters of the Constitution.


Whittington examines why presidents have often found judicial supremacy to be in their best interest, why they have rarely assumed responsibility for interpreting the Constitution, and why constitutional leadership has often been passed to the courts. The unprecedented assertiveness of the Rehnquist Court in striking down acts of Congress is only the most recent example of a development that began with the founding generation itself. Presidential bids for constitutional leadership have been rare, but reflect the temporary political advantage in doing so. Far more often, presidents have cooperated in increasing the Court's power and encouraging its activism. Challenging the conventional wisdom that judges have usurped democracy, Whittington shows that judicial supremacy is the product of democratic politics.

  Read Full Product Description
 
Hardcover
$83.99

In Stock with our New/Used Market Vendor. Allow up to 30 days for delivery. Tracking is not available for this item.

FREE Shipping is not available for this item.help

 
 

Seller Information

ACJBooks
Staten Island, NY, USA

Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: the Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History (Princeton Studies in...International, and Comparative Perspectives)Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: the Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History (Princeton Studies in...International, and Comparative Perspectives) (Hardcover)
Pub. Date: 2007-03-25
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Price: $27.92
Seller: Owls Books, Toledo, OH, USA
Description: Shows some signs of wear from usage. Is no longer bright/shinny. Edge wear from storage and shelving.
Condition: Very good
Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: the Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History (Princeton Studies in...International, and Comparative Perspectives)Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: the Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History (Princeton Studies in...International, and Comparative Perspectives) (Hardcover)
Pub. Date: 2007-03-25
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Price: $52.00
Seller: Intl_Book_Project, Lexington, KY, USA
Condition: Very Good
Notes: Book is in excellent shape. Like new except for a few pages have underlining marks. The pages themselves are crisp and clean! 100% of proceeds go towards promoting literacy in under-served areas of the world. Access codes and supplemental materials are not included.
 
 
 
 

More About Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy by Whittington, Keith E.
 
 
 
Overview

Should the Supreme Court have the last word when it comes to interpreting the Constitution? The justices on the Supreme Court certainly seem to think so--and their critics say that this position threatens democracy. But Keith Whittington argues that the Court's justices have not simply seized power and circumvented politics. The justices have had power thrust upon them--by politicians, for the benefit of politicians. In this sweeping political history of judicial supremacy in America, Whittington shows that presidents and political leaders of all stripes have worked to put the Court on a pedestal and have encouraged its justices to accept the role of ultimate interpreters of the Constitution.


Whittington examines why presidents have often found judicial supremacy to be in their best interest, why they have rarely assumed responsibility for interpreting the Constitution, and why constitutional leadership has often been passed to the courts. The unprecedented assertiveness of the Rehnquist Court in striking down acts of Congress is only the most recent example of a development that began with the founding generation itself. Presidential bids for constitutional leadership have been rare, but reflect the temporary political advantage in doing so. Far more often, presidents have cooperated in increasing the Court's power and encouraging its activism. Challenging the conventional wisdom that judges have usurped democracy, Whittington shows that judicial supremacy is the product of democratic politics.


This item is fulfilled by our new and used marketplace. For more information, view our glossary of terms and abbreviations.
 
Details
  • PID: 16088345383
  • ISBN-13: 9780691096407
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Seller: ACJBooks
    Description: This is a hardcover book with dust jacket. This is a 1st Edition.
    Condition: New