The Least Dangerous Branch: The Supreme Court at the Bar of Politics

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This classic book on the role of the United States Supreme Court traces the history of the Court, assessing the merits of various decisions along the way. Alexander Bickel begins with Marbury v. Madison, which he says give shaky support to judicial review, and concludes with the school desegregation cases of 1954, which he uses to show the extent and limits of the Court’s power. In this way he accomplishes his stated purpose: “to have the Supreme Court’s exercise of judicial review better understood and supported and more sagaciously used.” The book now includes a new foreword by Harry H. Wellington. Alexander Mordecai Bickel (1924-1974) was one of the most influential constitutional commentators of the twentieth century. Bickel’s most distinctive contribution to constitutional law was to stress what he called “the passive virtues” of judicial decision-making – the refusal to decide cases on substantive grounds if narrower grounds exist to decide the case. Bickel viewed “private ordering” and the voluntary working-out of problems as generally preferable to legalistic solutions. In his books Bickel attacked the Warren Court for what he saw as its misuse of history, shoddy reasoning, and sometimes arbitrary results. Bickel thought that the Warren Court’s two most important lines of decision, Brown v. Board of Education and Baker v. Carr, did not produce the results the Court had intended. In his book The Least Dangerous Branch, Bickel coined the term counter-majoritarian difficulty to describe his view that judicial review stands in tension with democratic theory. Bickel envisioned the Supreme Court as playing a statesman-like role in national controversies, engaging in dialogue with the other branches of government. Thus he did not see the Court as a purely passive body, but as one which should lead public opinion, albeit carefully.

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This classic book on the role of the Supreme court in our democracy traces the history of the Court, assessing the merits of various decisions along the way. Eminent law professor Alexander Bickel begins with Marbury vs. Madison, which he says gives gives shaky support to judicial review, and concludes with the school desegregation cases of 1954, which he uses to show the extent and limits of the Court's power. In this way he accomplishes his stated purpose: 'to have the Supreme Court's exercise of judicial review better understood and supported and more sagaciously used.'

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"Alexander Bickel attempted to resolve the central problem of constitutional law: Our political ethos is majoritarian, but the court, possessing the power to nullify laws democratically enacted, is countermajoritarian. The problem becomes acute when the court imposes principles not to be found in the Constitution. Mr. Bickel justified that role by saying that courts should apply principles drawn from the 'evolving morality of our tradition.' Written gracefully and offering many insights into constitutional doctrines, this book is the most intellectually honest, if unsuccessful, defense of non-originalism of which I am aware."—Robert Bork, Wall Street Journal


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Descrizione libro Yale University Press, United States, 1986. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 2nd ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. This classic book on the role of the Supreme Court in our democracy traces the history of the Court, assessing the merits of various decisions along the way. Eminent law professor Alexander Bickel begins with Marbury vs. Madison, which he says gives shaky support to judicial review, and concludes with the school desegregation cases of 1954, which he uses to show the extent and limits of the Court s power. In this way he accomplishes his stated purpose: to have the Supreme Court s exercise of judicial review better understood and supported and more sagaciously used. The book now includes new foreword by Henry Wellington. Reviews of the Earlier Edition: Dozens of books have examined and debated the court s role in the American system. Yet there remains great need for the scholarship and perception, the sound sense and clear view Alexander Bickel brings to the discussion.Students of the court will find much independent and original thinking supported by wide knowledge. Many judges could read the book with profit. -Donovan Richardson, Christian Science Monitor The Yale professor is a law teacher who is not afraid to declare his own strong views of legal wrongs.One of the rewards of this book is that Professor Bickel skillfully knits in quotations from a host of authorities and, since these are carefully documented, the reader may look them up in their settings.Among the author s favorites is the late Thomas Reed Powell of Harvard, whose wit flashes on a good many pages. -Irving Dillard, Saturday Review Alexander M. Bickel was professor of law at Yale University. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780300032994

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Descrizione libro Yale University Press, United States, 1986. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 2nd ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. This classic book on the role of the Supreme Court in our democracy traces the history of the Court, assessing the merits of various decisions along the way. Eminent law professor Alexander Bickel begins with Marbury vs. Madison, which he says gives shaky support to judicial review, and concludes with the school desegregation cases of 1954, which he uses to show the extent and limits of the Court s power. In this way he accomplishes his stated purpose: to have the Supreme Court s exercise of judicial review better understood and supported and more sagaciously used. The book now includes new foreword by Henry Wellington. Reviews of the Earlier Edition: Dozens of books have examined and debated the court s role in the American system. Yet there remains great need for the scholarship and perception, the sound sense and clear view Alexander Bickel brings to the discussion.Students of the court will find much independent and original thinking supported by wide knowledge. Many judges could read the book with profit. -Donovan Richardson, Christian Science Monitor The Yale professor is a law teacher who is not afraid to declare his own strong views of legal wrongs.One of the rewards of this book is that Professor Bickel skillfully knits in quotations from a host of authorities and, since these are carefully documented, the reader may look them up in their settings.Among the author s favorites is the late Thomas Reed Powell of Harvard, whose wit flashes on a good many pages. -Irving Dillard, Saturday Review Alexander M. Bickel was professor of law at Yale University. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780300032994

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Descrizione libro Yale University Press, United States, 1986. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 2nd ed.. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. This classic book on the role of the Supreme Court in our democracy traces the history of the Court, assessing the merits of various decisions along the way. Eminent law professor Alexander Bickel begins with Marbury vs. Madison, which he says gives shaky support to judicial review, and concludes with the school desegregation cases of 1954, which he uses to show the extent and limits of the Court s power. In this way he accomplishes his stated purpose: to have the Supreme Court s exercise of judicial review better understood and supported and more sagaciously used. The book now includes new foreword by Henry Wellington. Reviews of the Earlier Edition: Dozens of books have examined and debated the court s role in the American system. Yet there remains great need for the scholarship and perception, the sound sense and clear view Alexander Bickel brings to the discussion.Students of the court will find much independent and original thinking supported by wide knowledge. Many judges could read the book with profit. -Donovan Richardson, Christian Science Monitor The Yale professor is a law teacher who is not afraid to declare his own strong views of legal wrongs.One of the rewards of this book is that Professor Bickel skillfully knits in quotations from a host of authorities and, since these are carefully documented, the reader may look them up in their settings.Among the author s favorites is the late Thomas Reed Powell of Harvard, whose wit flashes on a good many pages. -Irving Dillard, Saturday Review Alexander M. Bickel was professor of law at Yale University. Codice libro della libreria BTE9780300032994

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