Superintending Democracy: The Courts and the Political Process (Law, Politics, and Society)

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This timely book is a diverse collection of essays by nationally recognized scholars, politicians, and lawyers that challenges the popular myth that the U.S. Supreme Court is an apolitical institution. It analyzes the manner in which the U.S. Supreme Court superintends the electoral process through its judicial decision-making. As a provocative study of the intersection between law and politics, it considers whether the nation's highest court, as an inherently undemocratic and counter-majoritarian political institution, should enter the so-called political thicket and decide legal disputes concerning political corruption, campaign finance, political parties, patronage, and redistricting. Because there are few books on the U.S. Supreme Court and its impact on American electoral politics, Superintending Democracy is a welcome addition to social science and legal scholarship. It is a book for political scientists, legal scholars, and students who are interested in learning about American politics, constitutional law, or the political nexus between law and courts.

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Christopher P. Banks is associate professor of political science at The University of Akron. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law. He is a member of the American Political Science Association. He is also the author of Judicial Politics in the D.C. Circuit Court.
John C. Green is professor of political science and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a Ph.D. in political science. He has previously edited: Financing the 1996 Election; and The State of Parties:The Changing Role of Contemporary American Parties.

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For close to 200 years, since its 1803 decision in Marbury v. Madison, the U.S. Supreme Court has been a vital if controversial actor in the grand theater of American politics. It is even more so today, following November 2000 Court decision that determined the outcome of the Presidential election. Yet one crucial question remains: just what role should the courts, especially the Court, play in superintending the electoral process? Written from a variety of academic and analytical vantage points, this collection of essays critically examines the salient fact that it is inevitably the Court, an "undemocratic" institution, that oversees the functioning of our democratic processes, from gerrymandering to presidential elections. Readers will especially benefit from the examination of the Court's work in Bush v. Gore. Edited by two University of Akron professors of political science, this work is a scholarly, masterful contribution to the literature concerning the nexus between law and politics in the United States. It belongs in all libraries, especially those serving scholars, undergraduates, and graduate students. Highly recommended. Stephen K. Shaw, Northwest Nazarene Univ., Nampa, ID
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