The Supreme Court and the Idea of Constitutionalism

In this volume distinguished constitutional scholars aim to move debate over the Supreme Court beyond the soundbites that divide us to fundamental questions about the nature of constitutionalism.

The Supreme Court and the Idea of Constitutionalism

Edited by Steven Kautz, Arthur Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and M. Richard Zinman

2009 | 328 pages | Cloth $65.00 | Paper $24.95
Political Science | Law
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Idea of Constitutionalism
—Steven Kautz, Arthur Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and M. Richard Zinman

PART I. PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES
1. Ideas of Constitutionalism Ancient and Modern
—Nathan Tarcov
2. On Liberal Constitutionalism
—Steven Kautz

PART II. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES: AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY
3. Judicial Review and the Incomplete Constitution: A Madisonian Perspective on the Supreme Court and the
Idea of Constitutionalism
—Michael P. Zuckert
4. Constitutionalism as Judicial Review: Historical Lessons from the U.S. Case
—Leslie Friedman Goldstein
5. Who Has Authority over the Constitution of the United States?
—James Stoner

PART III. COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES
6. The Supreme Court and Contemporary Constitutionalism: The Implications of the Development of Alternative Forms of Judicial Review
—Mark Tushnet
7. The Sounds of Silence: Militant and Acquiescent Constitutionalism
—Gary Jeffrey Jacobsohn

PART IV. CONSTITUTIONALISM AND DEMOCRACY
8. Constitutionalism and Democracy: Understanding the Relation
—Larry Alexander
9. Active Liberty and the Problem of Judicial Oligarchy
—Robert P. Young, Jr.
10. Judicial Power and Democracy: A Machiavellian View
—Rogers M. Smith

PART V. CONSTITUTIONALISM AND POLITICS
11. Constitutional Constraints in Politics
—Keith E. Whittington
12. "The Court Will Clean It Up": Executive Power, Constitutional Contestation, and War Powers
—Benjamin A. Kleinerman

Notes
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments