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Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Institutional Powers and Constraints, 7th Edition [Paperback]

Lee Epstein , Thomas G. Walker
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April 1, 2010 1604265167 978-1604265163 7th

With meticulous revising and updating throughout, Epstein and Walker streamline material while accounting for recent landmark cases and new scholarship. This seventh edition features two important improvements:

  • a completely revamped interior layout and design that clearly delineates between commentary and opinion excerpts while more effectively showcasing photos, Justice biographies, and the Aftermath and Global Perspective sidebars.
  • the case commentary not only details the case Facts, but now also includes an Arguments section that details the attorneys arguments for each side leading to more focused and effective reading of the case. 


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A new edition of Institutional Powers and Constraints is welcome news indeed! This deftly edited, reader-friendly casebook is ideal for both students and instructors. --- Judith Baer, Texas A&M University

Institutional Powers and Constraints is a very strong text, which is why I've always come back to it. I used the first edition! You arguably have the two best scholars in the field, but the text's strength goes beyond its authors credentials: the book simply combines the politics of the judiciary with the legal approach that courts must take in dealing with legal argumentation. --- Gregory Casey, University of Missouri

This is the best book available for undergraduate constitutional law classes. It addresses all critical issues through cases and commentary, and I appreciate greatly and use the online case archive. I look forward to using the seventh edition in my class. - --Richard A. Brisbin Jr., West Virginia University

Institutional Powers and Constraints is a very strong text, which is why I've always come back to it. I used the first edition! You arguably have the two best scholars in the field, but the text's strength goes beyond its authors credentials: the book simply combines the politics of the judiciary with the legal approach that courts must take in dealing with legal argumentation. --- Gregory Casey, University of Missouri

This is the best book available for undergraduate constitutional law classes. It addresses all critical issues through cases and commentary, and I appreciate greatly and use the online case archive. I look forward to using the seventh edition in my class. --- Richard A. Brisbin Jr., West Virginia University

About the Author

Lee Epstein is the Beatrice Kuhn Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University. She is coauthor of The Supreme Court and Legal Change: Abortion and the Death Penalty (1992) with Joseph Kobylka; Advice and Consent: The Politics of Judicial Appointments (2005) with Jeffrey A. Segal; The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 4th ed. (2007) with Segal, Harold J. Spaeth, and Thomas G. Walker; and The Choices Justices Make (1998) with Jack Knight, which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for the best book on law and courts. In addition, she is coauthor, with Walter F. Murphy and C. Herman Pritchett of Courts, Judges and Politics, 6th ed. (2006).

Thomas G. Walker is Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University where he has won several teaching awards for his courses on constitutional law and the judicial process. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. His book, A Court Divided, written with Deborah J. Barrow, won the prestigious V.O. Key Award for the best book on southern politics. He is the coauthor of The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 4th ed. (2007) with Lee Epstein, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Harold J. Spaeth.


Product Details

  • Series: Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Institutional Powers and Constraints
  • Paperback: 776 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press; 7th edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604265167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604265163
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 7.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Epstein is the Provost Professor of Law and Political Science and the Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law at the University of Southern California. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Before moving to USC, she held the Henry Wade Rogers Professorship, a University-wide chair, at Northwestern University and was the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis.

A recipient of twelve grants from the National Science Foundation for her work on law and legal institutions, Epstein has authored or co-authored over 100 articles and essays, as well as 15 books

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I had a Constitutional Law class while an undergraduate which relied very heavily on this book, and I could not be more satisfied. While I was a chemistry major, I really enjoyed this book because it had the actual written opinions (or significant excerpts thereof) of the most important and precedent-making cases in a variety of topics of Constitutional Law. Having those opinions ready available was great, and the analysis that followed was also quite helpful to get at some of the cases with denser reasoning.

Anyway, whether for class or pleasure, a great read and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made me Like Constitutional Law! December 29, 2009
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Constitutional Law for a Changing America is the perfect textbook for Con. Law courses because on one hand it's basic enough that people like myself who do not have a deep rooted background in law can understand it, but not so basic that it bores people who have lengthy backgrounds and intrests in law to tears. The case excerpts are brief as not to tie students down in wordy verbage, but are excerpted in such a way that one gets the most important points of the cases. With the right professor, who can explain to students that a case like Korematsu v. United States for example, is not about the plight of one man during WW2, but rather concearns what governmental and military leaders can do during conditions of war, which effects our daily lives...Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Institutional Powers and Constraintsis a must have book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great casebook January 3, 2014
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I love this book. It's super informative and was extremely helpful when our professor assigned us cases to brief. Definitely recommended as a Constitutional Law textbook.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Place to Start May 5, 2013
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This Con Law book is an excellent resource. With Con Law, as with all political science subjects, though, it is important to cross reference what you learn with other sources. This book definitely has a liberal slant, but the authors do a good job to promote objective critical thought. All things considered, this book is a good starting point to understanding the U.S. Constitution.

As a final note, there is an important typo in the Ex parte Quirin case. The book says that the Nazi saboteurs were apprehended before Pearl Harbor. They were not. Implying that the saboteurs were arrested and tried before America entered World War II completely changes the question of executive war powers. To reiterate, it is always important to cross reference what one reads with other reputable sources.
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