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Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Rights, Liberties, and Justice Paperback – November 17, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1604265156 ISBN-10: 1604265159 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Series: Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Rights, Liberties, and Justice
  • Paperback: 881 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press; 7th edition (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604265159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604265156
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This new edition of Rights, Liberties, and Justice is part of the innovative, highly successful two-volume text that blends the best of legal and political science approaches to constitutional law. Lee Epstein and Thomas G. Walker have carefully selected excerpts from important cases and have provided extensive commentary to help students follow the path of the evolving law.

While Epstein and Walker excerpt in the traditional manner both new and classic cases that best illustrate the development of constitutional law, their approach is distinctive in that it also recognizes the political factors that influence judicial decisions. They emphasize the arguments raised by lawyers and interest groups, and include material that brings out the rich political context in which decisions are made, including the ideological and behavioral inclinations of justices, the politics of judicial selection, and the impact of public opinion and positions taken by elected officials.

The authors draw students into the subject and help them understand why each case is included and how it fits into the development of constitutional doctrine. Students discover that Supreme Court cases are more than just legal names and citations, that they involve real people engaged in real disputes. To further animate the text for students, Epstein and Walker include profiles of influential groups and justices, photographs of litigants, exhibits from the cases, and full descriptions of the events that led to the suits. A helpful appendix includes a glossary of legal terms.

What's New?

The fourth edition of Rights, Liberties, and Justice has been updated throughout to include recent scholarship and key decisions handed down since the publication of the last edition. Also new:

A new chapter (8) on the Second Amendment – the right to bear arms ;

New "Global Perspective" boxes in which the authors compare and contrast U.S. Supreme Court decisions with policies developed in other countries;

"Aftermath" boxes that describe what happened to particular litigants after the Court's rulings.

With the burgeoning of online resources for researching the Supreme Court, Epstein and Walker have included numerous electronic sources throughout the text. Chapter 1, "The Supreme Court and the Constitution," has a new section on how to research the Court using online and print references. Relevant Web site addresses are included throughout, giving readers access to the full opinion for each excerpted case and to the audio recording of oral arguments when available. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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.


More About the Author

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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Howe on April 6, 2001
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I am currently using this textbook for my Constitutional Law class at Winthrop University, and i would like to comment that the book is very well written and easily read. The one problem that i have is that the Opinions of the court are not complete, but only the highlights have been stated, as completely understandable, but I find the extra information also informative when trying to write papers on the Opinions, not just the highlights. I otherwise think that the book is superb and quite helpful in my class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Griswold VINE VOICE on May 10, 2010
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This book serves as a useful companion to the other CLCA title Institutional Power and Constraints and contains excerpted cases on things like incorporation of the Bill of Rights onto States, the Free Exercise of Religion, What constitutes Free Speech, Obscenity and Libel Law and it even includes the excerpted version of Roe v. Wade. For every Con. Law Geek, the real value of the book may be in the online case archive. The online case archive has hundreds of supplemental cases that give the avid law geek hours and hours of enjoyment. I would like to point out to the person who commented about there being no full cases just excerpts of cases, there are many useful websites, such as [...] where the full opinions can be found, to write papers but as the book is designed for college courses full opinions would not be practical because you'd have either a 5,000 page weighty albatross of a book to get all the cases excerpted here in full or a multi-volume edition that would not be cost-efficient to the budgeted college student.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. D. on September 27, 2009
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I used this book in my Constitutional Law and it provided great coverage of landmark Court cases without being too boring! It was an assigned text but I kept it after I finished the class (and even now that I've graduated) because it is very useful when I have constitutional questions.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Tran on February 22, 2009
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The book is mostly consists of case studies. It consists of case facts, majority opinions and dissenting opinions. Some cases doesn't include the full majority or the full dissenting opinion but overall it's ok. Not the greatest textbook ever invented, not the worst.
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By ThePrize on July 13, 2014
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Met expectations.
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By JRA on July 8, 2014
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A great summary textbook for those interested in the subfield of Civil Rights and Liberties in Constitutional Law.
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Good price BUT the book had nasty stains and hairs stuck to it when it arrived. I couldn't really care after I got a deal with the price though.
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This is a great start to reading about important Supreme Court cases. You get a good look at the Justices' opinions and it can lead to some pretty heated debates if you're reading it with the right people. I didn't like how huge it was to carry around campus or the huge sections I was assigned, but it is a great read. I am about to read it again, this time for pleasure. It's important to stay informed. This is a great place to start.
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