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The Politics of Judicial Independence Courts, Politics, and the Public by Thomas H., Jr. (Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.) Wells
  

The Politics of Judicial Independence Courts, Politics, and the Public

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The Politics of Judicial Independence Courts, Politics, and the Public by Thomas H., Jr. (Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.) Wells

The judiciary in the United States has been subject in recent years to increasingly vocal, aggressive criticism by media members, activists, and public officials at the federal, state, and local level. This collection probes whether these attacks as well as proposals for reform represent threats to judicial independence or the normal, even healthy, operation of our political system.In addressing this central question, the volume integrates new scholarship, current events, and the perennial concerns of political science and law. The contributors-policy experts, established and emerging scholars, and attorneys-provide varied scholarly viewpoints and assess the issue of judicial independence from the diverging perspectives of Congress, the presidency, and public opinion. Through a diverse range of methodologies, the chapters explore the interactions and tensions among these three interests and the courts and discuss how these conflicts are expressed-and competing interests accommodated. In doing so, they ponder whether the U.S. courts are indeed experiencing anything new and whether anti-judicial rhetoric affords fresh insights. Case studies from Israel, the United Kingdom, and Australia provide a comparative view of judicial controversy in other democratic nations.A unique assessment of the rise of criticism aimed at the judiciary in the United States, The Politics of Judicial Independence is a well-organized and engagingly written text designed especially for students. Instructors of judicial process and judicial policymaking will find the book, along with the materials and resources on its accompanying website, readily adaptable for classroom use.

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About the Author

Bruce Peabody is a constitutional law scholar at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He writes frequently about politics and the judiciary in scholarly journals and the popular press.

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Book Info

Publication date

15th December 2010

Author

Thomas H., Jr. (Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.) Wells

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Publisher

Johns Hopkins University Press

Format

Hardback
352 pages

Categories

Politics & government

ISBN

9780801897719

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