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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $79.00
  • February 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-60331-6
  • 1120 pages
  • Volume(s): 1
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Constitutional Law and Politics

Struggles for Power and Governmental Accountability

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David M. O'Brien (Author, University of Virginia)


A topical and comprehensive look at the Supreme Court cases that have shaped our nation.

David O'Brien makes a daunting course more manageable by selecting and organizing the most important cases in U.S. history. The Tenth Edition includes headnotes and special feature boxes that give students the context they need to place individual cases—and the Court itself—in their larger context. 


Comprehensive and accessible

Constitutional Law and Politics offers case excerpts, headnotes, topical introductions, and special feature boxes so that students have everything they need to understand the cases covered in the course. O'Brien sets each case in its historical and political context, noting throughout any social or technological factors relevant to the Supreme Court rulings of today.  

Recent landmark rulings

New cases in the Tenth Edition deal with some of the most controversial and culturally relevant topics of the twenty-first century:
-Obergefell v. Hodges, a landmark case granting same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states
-McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, about limits on individual financial contributions to candidates for federal office
-Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway, about the constitutionality of prayer before town council meetings 

Special Feature boxes enliven constitutional law

Special feature boxes offer additional insights into the history and personalities behind Supreme Court decisions:
-"Development of Law" boxes trace a particular legal topic over time to show how current law developed. The Tenth Edition includes a new topic, governmental electronic surveillance.
-"Constitutional History" boxes present background material on various topics and events, such as amending the Constitution.
-"Inside the Supreme Court" boxes offer a look at oral arguments and unpublished memoranda and opinions. The Tenth Edition includes a new box on the rules for granting cases. 

    Chapter 1 The Supreme Court, Judicial Review, and Constitutional Politics
    Chapter 2 Law and Politics in the Supreme Court: Jurisdiction and Decision-Making Process
    Chapter 3 Presidential Power, the Rule of Law, and Foreign Affairs
    Chapter 4 The President as Chief Executive in Domestic Affairs
    Chapter 5 Congress: Membership, Immunities, and Investigatory Powers
    Chapter 6 Congress: Legislative, Taxing, and Spending Powers
    Chapter 7 The States and American Federalism
    Chapter 8 Representative Government, Voting Rights, and Electoral Politics
    Chapter 9 Economic Rights and American Capitalism