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Creating Constitutional Change: Clashes over Power and Liberty in the Supreme Court (Constitutionalism and Democracy) Paperback – May 7, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0813923031 ISBN-10: 0813923034

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Product Details

  • Series: Constitutionalism and Democracy
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press (May 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813923034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813923031
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,901,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


The editors and an impressive group of contributors have produced a valuable book. The book’s essays tell the stories behind major decisions of the Supreme Court and examine the causes and effects of the Court’s decisions. As a result, the book provides a rich understanding of the people and processes that shape constitutional law.

(Lawrence Baum, Ohio State University)

I have no doubt that this excellent collection of essays will prove a boon to anyone teaching undergraduate classes in American legal and constitutional development. But I hope that it gains an audience as well among general readers and even, dare I say it, among law students and even their professors, who will all benefit from the ways that the various authors put the cases they discuss within broader social and political contexts.

(Sanford LevinsonProfessor of LawUniversity of Texas Law School, author of Wrestling with Diversity )

About the Author

Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government at American University, is the author of American Constitutional Law: Power and Politics and To Build a Wall: American Jews and the Separation of Church and State (Virginia). Kevin T. McGuire, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is the author of Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court and The Supreme Court Bar: Legal Elites in the Washington Community (Virginia).

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By penname on November 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read my own case in this book (Hill v. Colorado, 2000) and believe the author was fair in representing both sides. Unfortunately, of course, the majority of the US Supreme Court made the wrong decision, hence, eroding the Constitutional Freedom of Speech of those holding unpopular opinions. To read the comprehensive, cogent, and correct position, you may find the dissenting opinions of Justices Scalia/Thomas and Kennedy on the Internet.
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