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Title:
Making our democracy work : a judge's view
Author:
Breyer, Stephen G., 1938-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2010]

©2010
Physical Description:
xiv, 270 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
Justice Breyer discusses what the Court must do going forward to maintain that public confidence and argues for interpreting the Constitution in a way that works in practice. He forcefully rejects competing approaches that look exclusively to the Constitution's text or to the eighteenth-century views of the framers. Instead, he advocates a pragmatic approach that applies unchanging constitutional values to ever-changing circumstances--an approach that will best demonstrate to the public that the Constitution continues to serve us well.
Language:
English
Contents:
Judicial review: the democratic anomaly -- Establishing judicial review -- The Cherokees -- Dred Scott -- Little Rock -- A present-day example -- The basic approach -- Congress, statutes, and purposes -- The executive branch, administrative action, and comparative expertise -- The states and federalism: decentralization and subsidiarity -- Other federal courts: specialization -- Past court decisions: stability -- Individual liberty: permanent values and proportionality -- The President, national security, and accountability: Korematsu -- Presidential power: Guantánamo and accountability.
ISBN:
9780307269911
Format :
Book