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Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics / Edition 6

Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics / Edition 6

by David M. O'Brien


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The Supreme Court is a fundamentally political branch of the U.S. government that is deeply engaged in shaping American politics and policy. David O'Brien shows students how the Supreme Court is a "storm center" of political controversy where personality, politics, law, and justice converge. This thoroughly updated eighth edition of Storm Center continues to chart historic steps taken by the Court, and features an in-depth discussion of the Court's continuing turn to the right and the first terms of Chief Justice John Roberts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393978964
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

David M. O'Brien is Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees in philosophy and political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is the author of numerous books, including Constitutional Law and Politics and Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics, winner of the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Tables, Charts, and Graphs xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

1 A Struggle for Power 1

2 The Cult of the Robe 33

3 Life in the Marble Temple 107

4 Deciding What to Decide 164

5 Deciding Cases and Writing Opinions 237

6 The Court and American Life 308

Appendix: Members of the Supreme Court of the United States 369

Notes 373

Glossary 413

Selected Further Readings 419

Index 423

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