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Vol 23 No 2 Feb/March 2018

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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 8: 2016-2017 Legal Year

Edited by: Daniel Clarry
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Principled Judicial Restraint: A Case Against Activism

ISBN13: 9781137490650
Published: July 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £45.00

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Many Americans believe that judicial activism is standard procedure on the modern Supreme Court. Political scientist Jerold Waltman asserts that justices routinely call for restraint when they disagree with specific majority decisions, but they then blithely abandon that position when it suits their purposes.

Such calls for restraint are therefore unprincipled. In response, many people have argued that the Court should adopt a more restrained posture across the board, usually appealing to one of two ideas: the inherently undemocratic character of the Supreme Court or the likelihood that the Court is damaging its legitimacy by wading into so many controversial political issues.

This book contends that what is sorely needed is a revised-actually a resurrected-constitutional theory that will delegitimize activism, or at least most of it, whether of the liberal or conservative variety.

Constitutional and Administrative Law, Jurisprudence, Other Jurisdictions , USA
1. Where We Are Now
2. How We Got Here
Part 1: From the Old Activism to the Warren Court
3. How We Got Here
Part 2: The Rise of Conservative Judicial Activism
4. A Constitutional Theory of Judicial Restraint
5. Objections
6. Conclusion