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Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy

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"An extremely valuable resource...many of the issues on which the Court makes law and policy are central issues in political discourse, which makes this book...of high importance to the field of American politics writ large."--Perspectives on Politics

"Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy offers an intriguing and accessible account of an important dynamic in American politics and should be of great interest to anyone fascinated by the proper role of a countermajoritarian institution in a democracy."--Harvard Law Review

"There has never been a book out there like this one--that examines public opinion toward a genuinely wide range of constitutional issues in an up-to-date and engaging fashion. The chapters are rich in data presented in sharp and informative graphics."--Robert Y. Shapiro, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

"This is an incredibly useful book--indispensable for anyone interested in the way constitutional law really works. We need to know what this book teaches us: how the public absorbs judicial decisions and what it makes of the controversies that preoccupy lawyers, judges, politicians, and scholars."--Larry Kramer, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean, Stanford Law School

"This remarkably useful book will be of interest to specialists in public opinion and public law as well as anyone interested in American politics more generally."--Morris P. Fiorina, Wendt Family Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

"This book is a welcome addition tot eh field and is useful both as a compendium of information in this area, and it also offers some new and insightful analyses."--Robert M. Howard, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University

"An invaluable resource that brings together public opinion data across a wide variety of controversial constitutional issues. A must read that challenges the belief that Supreme Court decisions invariably and powerfully influence public opinion."--Gerald N. Rosenberg, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School

"Sophisticated, insightful, and informative, this book is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the relationship between the Supreme Court and public opinion. Essential reading for anyone interested in how the Court reflects and shapes public opinion." --Michael J. Klarman, Bancroft-prize winning author of From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality

About the Author

Nathaniel Persily is Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia Law School. Jack Citrin is the Heller Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Patrick J. Egan is Assistant Professor of Politics at New York University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195329422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195329421
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 9, 2008
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Recently, the Supreme Court overturned a law banning gay marriage in California when the population of the state voted it into law- claiming the law was unconstitutional. "Public Opinion and the Constitutional Controversy" is an examination of this debate, and many others like it where the constitution of the United States and the wishes of its public clash - a thorough look at each controversy and the beliefs on both sides of their debates. Deftly compiled, "Public Opinion and the Constitutional Controversy" is a must for any political discussion, with a nod to community library politics collections.
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