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In Defense of a Political Court.

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ISBN-13: 978-0691009056
ISBN-10: 0691009058
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"A lively and original work. . . . I found the book thought provoking, and . . . I recommend it highly."--Thomas M. Keck, The Law and Politics Book Review

About the Author

Terri Jennings Peretti is Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University.
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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (August 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691009058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691009056
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,347,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's become accepted wisdom amongst political scientists that courts are political institutions. Fair enough. Peretti's book adds real value to the debate by taking us beyond that notion and showing how a political court could nonetheless function to the benefit of policy and politics. Removing the aura around constitutional law doesn't debase it or mean that the court is simply some odd deviation from democracy. Rather, the courts can provide politicians with valuable insight into appropriate policies, particularly by hearing the claims of underrepresented or marginalized groups. It's one of the strongest and most realistic attempts I've seen to both understand the court as a political institution and understand why the court's political nature isn't necessarily a threat.
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By A Customer on February 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Perretti breaks from conventional wisdom by asserting that the Supreme COurt is a political institution and not an objective, constitutional interpreter. By compiling a voluminous amount of evidence she brings to light some grim realities of the Supreme Court. She concludes by saying that a political court is of great value in a pluralistic system such as ours. For more information contact me EMAIL: shawnburton21@excite.com
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By A Customer on February 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Perretti breaks from conventional wisdom by asserting that the Supreme COurt is a political institution and not an objective, constitutional interpreter. By compiling a voluminous amount of evidence she brings to light some grim realities of the Supreme Court. She concludes by saying that a political court is of great value in a pluralistic system such as ours. For more information contact me EMAIL: shawnburton21@excite.com
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