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Checking the Courts
Checking the Courts (September 2014)
Law, Ideology, and Contingent Discretion
Kirk A. Randazzo - Author
Richard W. Waterman - Author

Examines and measures the extent to which statutory language affects judicial behavior.

How does the language of legislative statutes affect judicial behavior? Scholars of the judiciary have rarely studied this question despite statutes being, theoretically, the primary opportunity for legislatures to ensure that those individuals who interpret the law will follow their preferences. In Checking the Courts...(Read More)
Universal Rights and the Constitution
Universal Rights and the Constitution (April 2014)
Stephen A. Simon - Author

Innovative examination of the tensions between universal and more uniquely American definitions of cherished rights.

Are constitutional rights based exclusively in uniquely American considerations, or are they based at least in part on principles that transcend the boundaries of any particular country, such as the requirements of freedom or dignity? By viewing constitutional law through the prism of this fundamen...(Read More)
America's First Crisis
America's First Crisis (January 2014)
The War of 1812
Robert P. Watson - Author

GOLD MEDALIST - 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the U.S. History Category (tie)

Engaging and accessible account of the war that helped forge the American nation.

The War of 1812, sometimes called “America’s forgotten war,” was a curious affair. At the time, it was dismissed as “Mr. Madison’s War.” Later it was hailed by some as A...(Read More)
Horizontal Federalism
Horizontal Federalism (May 2011)
Interstate Relations
Joseph F. Zimmerman - Author

Provides detailed information and an analysis of interstate relations, and advances recommendations to improve the economic and political union.

Cooperative interstate relations are essential for the maintenance of the economic union and the political union established by a confederacy or a federacy. This suggests that interstate relations would be featured prominently in the literature of the U.S. federal system...(Read More)
Silencing the Opposition
Silencing the Opposition (January 2011)
How the U.S. Government Suppressed Freedom of Expression During Major Crises, Second Edition
Craig R. Smith - Editor

Examines major challenges to the First Amendment and focuses on the extremely important paradigm shift of freedom of expression in the post-9/11 era.

The first edition of Silencing the Opposition examined major challenges to the First Amendment using illustrative case studies of the various forms of governmental suppression in U.S. history. The essays provided a history of how governmental forces have used rhet...(Read More)

The Quotable Judge Posner
The Quotable Judge Posner (April 2010)
Selections from Twenty-Five Years of Judicial Opinions
Robert F. Blomquist - Edited and with an introduction by
Richard A. Posner - Foreword by

Collection of quotations and judicial opinions of federal appellate judge Richard A. Posner.

A collection of pithy and penetrating observations and rulings by one of the most famous appellate judges in America, The Quotable Judge Posner showcases the wit and wisdom of Richard A. Posner. During his more than twenty-five years as a federal appellate judge, Judge Posner reached over two thousand opinions, many o...(Read More)
The Other Side of Gridlock
The Other Side of Gridlock (April 2010)
Policy Stability and Supermajoritarianism in U.S. Lawmaking
Manabu Saeki - Author

A detailed study of political gridlock in Congress, offering an alternative perspective for evaluating its persistence and charting a course for change.

Drawing upon a wealth of congressional data from 1953 through 2006, this study offers new insights into the politics of gridlock, one of the more contentious issues in Washington, DC, since the early 1990s. Previous analyses have focused on either the volume of ena...(Read More)
All But Forgotten
All But Forgotten (March 2010)
Thomas Jefferson and the Development of Public Administration
Stephanie P. Newbold - Author

Study of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy in public administration.

Thomas Jefferson’s contributions to the development of administrative thought and practice in the United States have largely been overlooked in American history. His career in public service and his ideas concerning government and constitutional tradition have overshadowed his involvement with public administration. All But Forgotten ex...(Read More)
Defenders of Liberty or Champions of Security?
Defenders of Liberty or Champions of Security? (March 2010)
Federal Courts, the Hierarchy of Justice, and U.S. Foreign Policy
Kirk A. Randazzo - Author

Examines the critical role assumed by the U.S. judiciary in balancing concerns about national security with the protection of liberty after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent responses by the U.S. federal government have raised fundamental questions about civil liberties in both domestic and international laws. As a result, the U.S. judiciary, out of its resp...(Read More)
Congress (January 2010)
Facilitator of State Action
Joseph F. Zimmerman - Author

An insightful reassessment of the relationship between the U.S. Congress and the states.

Reassessing the relationship between the federal government and the states, Congress: Facilitator of State Action examines how the U.S. Congress routinely and necessarily devolves power to the states. A host of congressional statutes reveal the ways in which the U.S. Congress facilitates state action to solve certain probl...(Read More)
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