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"Fisher argues that Congress should neither 'genuflect' nor engage in 'idolatry' toward the other branches, closely analyzing areas such as judicial review, federalism, religious freedom, individual rights, war powers, and where he provides an especially good critique, the federal budgeting process. He covers less studied topics as well, notably the role of expert congressional staff, an area he knows firsthand."--Library Journal

"Fisher's book is valuable not only for the Congress-oriented perspective it brings to constitutional history, but also because it helps identify research paths that others can profitably pursue."--Review of Politics

"Fisher pulls no punches, rninces no words, and spares no criticism of the courts and the presidency. His disdain for presidential overreach is nonpartisan. . . . Defending Congress and the Constitution describes how a mix of judicial and nonjudicial forces by all three branches have shaped the Constitution. Although not denying the Court's right and duty to interpret the Constitution, Fisher does not accept it as the final and exclusive interpreter. . . . Closely reasoned and passionately argued, this book belongs on the shelves of every member of

Congress."—Federal Lawyer

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"For forty years Louis Fisher has been a national treasure. His splendid new volume provides a fitting capstone to an extraordinary career."--Thomas Mann, coauthor of The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track

"Lou Fisher is the master of the institutional interests of the U.S. Congress. . . . This book should be read by everyone concerned about the performance of American democracy."--Steven S. Smith, author of The American Congress

"A prodigious and grand work by the nation's most important, prolific, and lucid constitutional scholar."--Robert J. Spitzer, author of Saving the Constitution from Lawyers


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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy
  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; 1st edition, edition (September 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 070061799X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700617999
  • Product Dimensions: 1 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)
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