-- Anthony Lewis
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Midtown Scholar Bookstore
Harrisburg, PA, USA
[-] Other Available Formats Seller Information Price The Supreme Court and the Idea of Progress (Hardcover)
Pub. Date: 1970-01-01
Notes: First Edition stated, red cloth boards with no dust jacket, clean, has a good tight binding, no marks or notations, light fading of color to spine.
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$14.00 The Supreme Court and the Idea of Progress (Hardcover)
Pub. Date: 1970
Notes: 1970 Harper, hardcover. Jacket has mild wear, binding solid, pages have some tanning, flyleaf has ex-owner inscription, text has few markings, a good copy. We take great pride in accurately describing the condition of our books and media, ship within 48 hours, and offer a 100% money back guarantee. Customers purchasing more than one item from us may be entitled to a shipping discount.
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Timeless questions about the role of the Supreme Court in the American political and legal system are raised in the late Alexander Bickel's characteristically astute analysis of the work of the Warren Court. He takes issue with the Court's view that its role should be to move the American polity in the direction of perfect equality and expresses his preference for "a more faithful adherence to the method of analytical reason, and a less confident reliance on the intuitive capacity to identify the course of progress."First published in 1970, this book made news with its prediction that the Court's best-known decision, in Brown v. Board of Education, might be headed for "irrelevance." Bickel charged the Court, particularly in its segregation and reapportionment cases, with being irrational, inconsistent, and even incoherent and argued that its decisions would lead to unwise centralization of government. He explored the limitations on the role of the court in stimulating social progress and concluded that the Warren Court had intervened in matters of social policy where the political process, not judicial action, should apply. "Process is what especially concerned him - the relationship between the legal and the political process in a country where the two are uniquely intermixed. If he criticized something done by the courts for the stated purpose of speeding school desegregation, that did not mean that he favored state-imposed racial discrimination; in fact he abhorred it. He was concerned, rather, about trying to solve complicated problems by legal formulas instead of leaving them to the give-and-take of the political process."
-- Anthony Lewis
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