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Because political factors influence judicial decisions, Constitutional Law for a Changing America draws on political science as well as legal studies to excerpt and analyze cases. With meticulous revising and a sharp new interior design, the authors streamline material while accounting for recent landmark cases and new scholarship.
Ideal for a one semester course, the Short Course offers all of the hallmarks of the Rights and Powers volumes in a more condensed format.
Updates to the fifth edition include: expanded treatment of both legal and social-scientific approaches to the Court s decision-making; a new section on student rights with an excerpt from Morse v. Frederick; increased coverage of hateful and offensive speech with an excerpt from Snyder v. Phelps; a new section on voter identification with an excerpt from Crawford v. Marion County Election Board; updated discussion of campaign reform legislation with an excerpt from the controversial Citizens United v. FEC decision.
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Lee Epstein is the Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law and the Provost Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University. She is coauthor of The Supreme Court and Legal Change: Abortion and the Death Penalty (1992) with Joseph Kobylka; Advice and Consent: The Politics of Judicial Appointments (2005) with Jeffrey A. Segal; The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 4th ed. (2007) with Segal, Harold J. Spaeth, and Thomas G. Walker; and The Choices Justices Make (1998) with Jack Knight, which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for the best book on law and courts. In addition, she is coauthor, with Walter F. Murphy and C. Herman Pritchett of Courts, Judges and Politics, 6th ed. (2006).
Thomas G. Walker is Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University where he has won several teaching awards for his courses on constitutional law and the judicial process. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. His book, A Court Divided, written with Deborah J. Barrow, won the prestigious V.O. Key Award for the best book on southern politics. He is the coauthor of The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 4th ed. (2007) with Lee Epstein, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Harold J. Spaeth.Review:
"Epstein and Walker's Constitutional Law for a Changing America: A Short Course is a must use text for any course on the Supreme Court and Constitutional Law. Although the text is both academically rigorous and informative, my students look forward to reading each chapter as the authors take complex topics of Constitutional Law and make them easily accessible to every level. From topics ranging from state sovereignty to civil rights, Epstein and Walker's Short Course engages its readers and challenges them to think critically about the topic at hand and how it relates to modern issues. A Short Course is the most comprehensive text on Constitutional Law, and a student favorite." --Joshua Meddaugh, University at Buffalo, SUNY
"As a political scientist teaching constitutional law within the discipline, it is vital to have a text that not only approaches the subject from the perspective of legal doctrine, but also encourages students to consider cases and judicial decision-making within the context of our larger social and political system. Constitutional Law for a Changing America provides this approach, in an accessible format that offers the perfect balance of edited opinions, historical narration, and thoughtful analysis." --Angela G. Narasimhan, Idaho State University
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