Making our democracy work [electronic resource] : a judge's view / Stephen Breyer.
- ISBN: 9780307594266 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
- ISBN: 0307594262 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 270 p.) : ill., ports.
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
|General Note:|| Description based on print version record.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-254) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| The people's trust. Judicial review : the democratic anomaly ; Establishing judicial review : Marbury v. Madison ; The Cherokees ; Dred Scott ; Little Rock ; A present-day example -- Decisions that work. 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 -- Protecting individuals. Individual liberty : permanent values and proportionality ; The President, national security, and accountability : Korematsu ; Presidential power : Guantǹamo and accountability.
|Summary, etc.:|| 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.
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