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Judicial Power and American Character

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Robert F. NagelIra Rothgerber Jr Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Colorado, USA

ISBN13: 9780195089011
ISBN: 0195089014
Published: December 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00



In this highly original book, Robert Nagel demonstrates how contemporary constitutional politics relate to the moral character of American culture. He argues persuasively that judicial decisions reflect wider social tendencies towards moral evasiveness, privatization, and opportunism. Constitutional interpretation, he urges, is often an effort to stifle political disagreement and, ultimately, to censor our own beliefs and traditions. Nagel ranges over such controversial topics as the confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork, local resistance to abortion rights, political correctness on campus, and judicial decisions dealing with pornography, flag burning, gay rights, school prayer, and racial desegregation.

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