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"Rosenberg argues with considerable subtlety and power and no little persuasiveness that the promise of Supreme Court action has been chimerical. In his view, Justices are, at best, the Rosencrantzes and Guildensterns of the larger American social drama, and the lawyers pleading their cases have mostly been wasting their thespian talents." - David L. Kirp, Nation"

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Gerald Rosenberg is associate professor of political science and lecturer of law at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Washington, D.C., bar.
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  • Series: American Politics and Political Economy Series
  • Paperback: 534 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Second Edition edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226726711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226726717
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Griswold VINE VOICE on April 25, 2011
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Gerald Rosenberg in The Hollow Hope presents a thought provocative theory about the ability of courts to bring about social change. Rosenberg considers landmark cases such as Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, and others and argues in amazingly convincing detail that the court action made little difference in the desegregation movement or the abortion debate and that in some cases a strategy of litigation has proven counter productive. This is a dramatic departure from the more traditional view of these cases that they are iconic symbols of social change. Courts because of their structures and lack of implementation power are actually poor agents of social change unless the executive and legislative branches are prepared to provide the federal teeth to say integrate schools a movement that occurred a full decade after the original Brown case was decided. Would've gone five stars but for two complaints, it felt to me that the cases like Brown and Roe where underestimated. There was still something valuable in the fact a governing body ruled that such rights exist, even if political leaders were unwilling to act. Secondly, the section on abortion could use an update to include Casey and any post 1991 cases. Overall, a provocative book that altered my thinking on social change litigation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Impfac on May 10, 2013
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I did not want to accept his thesis, but really besides a few quibbles its rock solid. A very impressive work.
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you will have a misprint that starts on page 51. make sure that you get a new one. but otherwise the book is a very good source of information regarding the role of the courts in creating social change... or not. It is very debatable, this was the text that I used in a class so during the entirety of the book I was able to contradict or counter the arguments made.
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By discolemonade on November 17, 2012
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Needed this book for a class. I was thrilled it was available on Kindle. The one criticism I have is that the abortion chapters were not updated from the previous edition. Otherwise, very interesting read.
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