The Supreme Court in American Politics: New Institutionalist Interpretations

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Draws on the "new institutionalism" in the social sciences, exploring the Supreme Court's institutional development and is relationship to broader political contexts such as party regimes, electoral systems, and social movements. Initial chapters examine the nature of the Court's distinctive norms as well as the development of its powers and practice. Later chapters relate the development of Court politics to the historical development of other political institutions and social movements. Concluding chapters explore how its decision making is influenced by, and influences, its sociopolitical milieu. Gillman is associate professor of political science at the University of Southern California. Clayton is associate professor of political science at Washington State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Howard Gillman is associate professor of political science at the University of Southern California and the author of The Constitution Besieged: The Rise and Demise of Lochner Era Police Powers Jurisprudence.

Cornell Clayton is associate professor of political science at Washington State University and the author of The Politics of Justice: The Attorney General and the Making of Legal Policy and the editor of Government Lawyers: The Federal Legal Bureaucracy and Presidential Politics.

Contributors: John Brigham, Keith J. Bybee, Susan Burgess, Cornell Clayton, John B. Gates, Howard Gillman, Leslie Friedman Goldstein, Mark A. Graber, Ronald Kahn, Michael McCann, Kevin T. McGuire, Mark Silverstein

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According to professors Gillman and Clayton, pivotal aspects of the work of the United States Supreme Court beyond simply the voting records of the justices deserve close scrutiny. They acknowledge that this premise is not new but point out that their work is an intellectual descendant of the reaction earlier in this century to the mechanical jurisprudence school of thoughtAhence, their claim of offering "new" institutionalist interpretations. All of the book's contributors argue effectively that the work of the court can be properly understood only when placed in broader political, social, cultural, and economic context. But they deny that the justices are simply behaving like other political actors when they hand down decisions influenced by this broader contextual reality. This persuasive work is for anyone seeking to understand both the work of the court and the nature of this "new institutionalism." Recommended especially for academic libraries and advanced courses in public law.AStephen K. Shaw, Northwest Nazarene Coll., Nampa, ID
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