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Vol 23 No 10 Oct/Nov 2018

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The Nature of Constitutional Rights: The Invention and Logic of Strict Judicial Scrutiny

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ISBN13: 9781108483261
To be Published: March 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00



What does it mean to have a constitutional right in an era in which most rights must yield to “compelling governmental interests”? After recounting the little-known history of the invention of the compelling- interest formula during the 1960s, The Nature of Constitutional Rights examines what must be true about constitutional rights for them to be identified and enforced via “strict scrutiny” and other, similar, judge-crafted tests. The book's answers not only enrich philosophical understanding of the concept of a “right,” but also produce important practical payoffs. Its insights should affect how courts decide cases and how citizens should think about the judicial role. Contributing to the conversation between originalists and legal realists, Richard Fallon explains what constitutional rights are, what courts must do to identify them, and why the protections that they afford are more limited than most people think.

  • Offers a fresh perspective on constitutional law and constitutional debates by focusing on the question of what it means to have a constitutional right when rights must often yield to “compelling governmental interests”
  • Provides an account of rights as “constraints” on governmental discretion, not absolute “privileges”
  • Combines historical, doctrinal, and philosophical perspectives to clarify what the Supreme Court does in defining and enforcing “constitutional rights”

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Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Contents:
1.The Historical Emergence of Strict Judicial Scrutiny
2. Strict Scrutiny as an Incompletely Theorized Agreement
3. Rights and Interests
4. Tests Besides Strict Scrutiny and the Nature of the Rights That They Protect
5. Legislative Intent and Deliberative Rights
6. Rights, Remedies, and Justiciability
7. The Core of an Uneasy Case for Judicial Review.