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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change

ISBN13: 9781107502659
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2013)
Price: £21.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781107039704

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Before Supreme Court nominees are allowed to take their place on the High Court, they must face a moment of democratic reckoning by appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Despite the potential this holds for public input into the direction of legal change, the hearings are routinely derided as nothing but empty rituals and political grandstanding.

In this book, Paul M. Collins and Lori A. Ringhand present a contrarian view that uses both empirical data and stories culled from more than seventy years of transcripts to demonstrate that the hearings are a democratic forum for the discussion and ratification of constitutional change. As such, they are one of the ways in which 'We the People' take ownership of the Constitution by examining the core constitutional values of those permitted to interpret it on our behalf.

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1. A confirmation process worth celebrating
2. How it works: the nuts and bolts of the confirmation process
3. Public opinion and precedent at confirmation hearings
4. An issue-by-issue look at the hearings
5. The discussion of precedent at the hearings
6. Confirmation conditions
7. The 104th justice
8. Currently contested constitutional questions
9. Our Constitution.