Lawrence Baum brings students--in this thoroughly revised and updated edition--trusted, balanced, and illuminating coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court. While the Court is always evolving, the changes have been especially sweeping these past few years. Looking closely at the appointments of two new justices and the possible effects of the shift from the Rehnquist Court to the Roberts Court, Baum examines the implications of recent major decisions. Baum explores the Court's rulings on the procedural rights of suspected terrorists as well as the growth in conflict between Congress and the federal courts.
The ninth edition makes use of new scholarship on the Court, from research on the role of precedent to important biographies of Justice Blackmun and Justice O'Connor. This authoritative introduction to the nation's highest judicial body describes the Court's personalities and procedures, delving deeply to explain the actions of the Court and the behavior of justices. Through Baum's straightforward yet lively prose, students begin to understand the Court's complexity and reach.
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Lawrence Baum is professor of political science at the Ohio State University and holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. A widely recognized authority on the court system, Baum is the author of Judges and Their Audiences: A Perspective on Judicial Behavior (2006), American Courts: Process and Policy, 5th Edition (2001) and The Puzzle of Judicial Behavior (1997), as well as numerous articles on topics such as the implementation of court decisions, change in Supreme Court policies, and interaction between the Supreme Court and Congress.From School Library Journal:
YA-- Baum has capsulated the course of the United States Supreme Court in a manner that is easy and enjoyable to read. He reviews several facets of the Court--the practical, the personal, the politics, the patterns, the policies, the process, the participants, and the power--and how they have changed over time. While writing in a simple style, he explodes several highly held myths. Those interested in government politics should find that the book will extend their knowledge and reaffirm what they already may know. Aspiring attorneys would profit by reading it, and students who follow the Court through newspapers will delight to find analysis of very recent events. Through this book, readers will gain a better understanding of our political system.
- Judge R. P. Walker, Port Arthur, TX
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Book Description Congressional Quarterly Press, 1981. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0871871602