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The Democratic Constitution 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0195171235
ISBN-10: 0195171233
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Editorial Reviews


"...well-suited for use as a supplementary graduate text...packed with useful information. For those who still assume that our Constitution only lives in Supreme Court opinions, the book will be an eye-opening corrective."--Perspectives on Politics

"In a discussion that ranges from review of the Supreme Court's decisions on federalism and war powers to speech, religion, race, and separation of powers, the authors ably demonstrate how constitutional interpretation is a dialogue among the judiciary, Congress, and the president, with the latter two often either acquiescing in judicial supremacy for political reasons or choosing to ignore it for the same. This is an excellent supplement for collections on law, the Supreme Court, and national politics."--Choice

"Few surpass Devins and Fisher in the scrupulousness and comprehensiveness of their knowledge of the constitutional text, as well as of the ways in which, over the course of American history, the meaning of the text has been parsed, separately and conjunctively, by the Court, the Congress, and the executive branch.... a model for the way they believe constitutional questions should be discussed.... The author's historical knowledge is deep enough for them to have seen it all."--The Law and Politics Book Review

"Neal Devins and Louis Fisher provide a valuable introduction to the processes by which constitutional law is made, demonstrating that it is the product, not solely of the Supreme Court, but of interactions among the Court, Congress, and the presidency. This is a useful contribution to our understanding of the Constitution inside and outside the courts."--Mark Tushnet, author of Taking the Constitution Away From the Courts

"It is often thought that the Constitution has been entrusted to the courts for safekeeping. This book demonstrates how wrong that conventional wisdom is. The Constitution is a part of our democratic politics, and this book amply shows the importance and relevance of the political process to the success of our constitutional experiment."--Keith E. Whittington, author of Constitutional Construction

"An immensely useful work that will be of interest to everyone who has ever wondered about where constitutional rules come from."--Michael J. Glennon, author of iConstitutional Diplomacy

About the Author

Neal Devins is Ernst W. Goodrich Professor of Law and Government at the College of William and Mary. He is also editor of the Constitutional Conflicts Book Series at Duke University Press. Louis Fisher is senior specialist in separation of powers at the Congressional Research Service. He testifies before congressional committees on a variety of constitutional issues, including war powers, executive privilege, item vetoes, legislative vetoes, and covert spending.

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