- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Kansas (September 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 070061141X
- ISBN-13: 978-0700611416
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Constitutional Interpretation: Textual Meaning, Original Intent, and Judicial Review
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Constitutional theory and judicial interpretation are major ways to understand the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court's role in American society. Whittington (politics, Princeton) offers an innovative constitutional theory based upon originalism, a revised normative defense of original intent. As a means of constitutional interpretation, originalism limits government actions within the constitutional framework and extends constitutional meaning to current disputes. Supreme Court interpretation and construction of the Constitution are analytically distinguished as ways to achieve constitutional meaning. Whittington demonstrates how the Court's legal and political foundations led to its judicial review authority over other governmental branches. This carefully constructed study of how "constitutional interpretation can fit into a larger theory of constitutional practice and authority" is highly recommended for legal scholars, academics, and individuals interested in the foundations of American government and the judiciary.ASteven Puro, St. Louis Univ.
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"A remarkable achievement. . . . One of the most sophisticated and powerful defenses of original jurisprudence I have read."—Rogers M. Smith, author of Civic Ideals and Liberalism and American Constitutional Law "A masterful job. I have never seen a book that better melds political theory, constitutional theory, and the Founding period. Whittington's work is so well argued and detailed that all serious scholars (including originalists and non-originalists) will have to pay attention to it. This will be an award winner."—Ronald Kahn, author of The Supreme Court and Constitutional Theory, 1953-1993 "A timely, important, meticulously researched, and well-written book that makes a valuable contribution to constitutional theory and is the best work on constitutional interpretation that I have read. It deserves attention from a wide audience."—Robert Lowry Clinton, author of God and Man in the Law