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Making our democracy work : a judge's view / Stephen Breyer.

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  • ISBN: 9780307594266 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
  • ISBN: 0307594262 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 270 pages) : illustrations, portraits
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

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General Note: Description based on print version record.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 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.
Subject: Judicial review > United States.
Judicial review > United States > History.
Political questions and judicial power > United States.
Separation of powers > United States.
Genre: Electronic books.

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