The Political Thought of Justice Antonin Scalia: A Hamiltonian on the Supreme Court

The Political Thought of Justice Antonin Scalia: A Hamiltonian on the Supreme Court

by James B. Staab

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The Political Thought of Antonin Scalia: A Hamiltonian on the Supreme Court traces Justice Antonin Scalia's jurisprudence back to the political and constitutional thought of Alexander Hamilton. Not only is there substantial agreement between these two men in the areas of constitutional interpretation, federalism, separation of powers, executive and judicial power, but the two men also have similar temperaments: bold, decisive, and principled. By examining the congruence in thought between Hamilton and Scalia, it is hoped that a better and deeper understanding of Justice Scalia's jurisprudence will be achieved. While an abundance of scholarship has been written on Justice Scalia, no one has systematically examined his political philosophy. This book also draws out the important differences between Justice Scalia's jurisprudence and that of the other conservative members of the Court_the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas.

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ISBN-13: 9780742543119
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/04/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

James B. Staab is a professor of political science at the University of Central Missouri.

Table of Contents

Chapter 0 Introduction: Scalia's Distinctive Brand of Conservatism Chapter 1. Nothing Is Easy: The Road to the Supreme Court Chapter 2. Separation of Powers and Access to Justice Chapter 3. Interbranch Conflicts Between Congress and the President Chapter 4. Executive Power Chapter 5. The "Politics" of Administration Chapter 6. The Conservative Role of Judges in a Democratic System of Government Chapter 7. The "Science" of Interpreting Texts Chapter 8. Early Hamiltonian Leanings in the Area of Federalism Chapter 9. The Transformation from a Hamiltonian to a Madisonian in Federalism Disputes Chapter 10 Conclusion: Scalia's Personality and Statesmanship

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