In this book, Frederick P. Lewis examines the legacy of the Warren Court, analyzing why the court's activism survived largely intact despite the efforts of four Republican presidents over a 20-year period to replace activist federal judges with jurists committed to judicial restraint. Lewis persuasively argues that the doctrinal innovations of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s were the product of fundamental changes in American society, changes which Reagan and the other conservative presidents had no power to reverse. These social, demographic, economic, and political changes produced a political influential constituency for judicial activism. Lewis discusses events such as the economic and political awakening of a large and growing non-white population; the entry of women into the workforce; an increase in the number and influence of fringe religious sects; the sexual revolution; and industrialization, as well as many other significant social and political phenomena that took place during these decades. The Context of Judicial Activism will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of twentieth century constitutional history and the judicial process.
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Frederick P. Lewis is professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.Review:
The Context of Judicial Activism is a solid, important work of scholarship that should be taken seriously. . . . Frederick P. Lewis boldly challenges conventional wisdom. (Graber, Mark A. The Law And Politics Book Review)
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Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0847689921