The book Constitutional Law for a Changing America is written by Lee J. Epstein, Kevin T. McGuire, and Thomas G. Walker. OVER THE PAST two decades, constitutional law texts for political science courses have undergone a sea change. At one time, relatively short volumes, containing excerpts from landmark cases or narratives from them, dominated the market. Big, almost gigantic books now abound, some in one volume, some in two volumes, but all designed for a two-semester sequence.
This trend, while compatible with the needs of many instructors, bypassed others, including those who teach institutional powers, civil liberties, rights, and justice in a single term and those who prefer a shorter core text. Constitutional Law for a Changing America: A Short Course was designed as an alternative text for these instructors. The first edition appeared in 1996. Its good reception encouraged us to prepare subsequent editions, including this one, the eighth edition.
Topics of this Edition
Part 1 • The U.S. Constitution
Part 2 • Institutional Authority
Part 3 • Nation-State Relations
Part 4 • Economic Liberties
Part 5 • Civil Liberties
Part 6 • The Rights of the Criminally Accused
Part 7 • Civil Rights
About the Author
(Ph.D., Emory University) is the Ethan A. H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis? He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Social and Political Science. She is the author, co-author, and/or editor of eighteen books, including The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 6th Edition, with Jeffrey A. Segal, Harold J. Spaeth, and Thomas G. Walker, and The Choices Justices. Make with Jack Knight, which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for Best Book on Law and Courts. His most recent books are The Behavior of Federal Judges with William M. Landes and Richard A. Posner, An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research with Andrew D. Martin, and The Oxford Handbook on U.S. Judicial Behavior with Stefanie A. Lindquist.
Kevin T. McGuire
(Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is a Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former Fulbright scholar at Trinity College, Dublin, he is the author of Understanding the US Supreme Court: Cases and Controversies and The Supreme Court Bar: Legal Elites in the Washington Community. He is the editor of New Directions in Judicial Politics and co-editor, with Kermit L. Hall, of Institutions of American Democracy: The Judiciary.
(Ph.D., University of Kentucky) is the Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus at Emory University, where he won several teaching awards for his courses on constitutional law and the judicial process. His book A Court Divided, written with Deborah J. Barrow, won the prestigious V. O. Key Award for Best Book on Southern Politics. He is the author of Eligible for Execution and co-author of The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 6th Edition, with Lee Epstein, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Harold J. Spaeth.
Overview of Constitutional Law for a Changing America
Political factors influence judicial decisions. The arguments and contributions of lawyers and interest groups, the ebb, and flow of public opinion, and especially the ideological and behavioral leanings of judges combine to shape the development of constitutional doctrine. Drawing from both political science and legal studies, Constitutional Law for a Changing America: A Short Course helps you realize that Supreme Court cases are about more than just legal names and citations. With meticulous review, the authors optimize the material while taking into account recent historical cases and new studies.
|Book Name||Constitutional Law for a Changing America|
|Author of Book||Lee J. Epstein, Kevin T. McGuire, Thomas G. Walker|