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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $79.00
  • March 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-60352-1
  • 1712 pages
  • Volume(s): 2
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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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-"Inside the Supreme Court" boxes offer a look at oral arguments and unpublished memoranda and opinions.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 Economic Rights and American Capitalism
    Chapter 4 The Nationalization of the Bill of Rights
    Chapter 5 Freedom of Expression and Association
    Chapter 6 Freedom from and of Religion
    Chapter 7 The Fourth Amendment Guarantee against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
    Chapter 8 The Fifth Amendment Guarantee against Self-Accusation
    Chapter 9 The Right to Counsel and Other Procedural Guarantees
    Chapter 10 Cruel and Unusual Punishment
    Chapter 11 The Right of Privacy
    Chapter 12 The Equal Protection of the Laws