The Cult Of The Court John Brigham

ISBN: 9780877228288

Published: February 25th 1991

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261 pages


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The Cult Of The Court  by  John Brigham

The Cult Of The Court by John Brigham
February 25th 1991 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 261 pages | ISBN: 9780877228288 | 5.45 Mb

In recent years widespread attention has been focused on decisions handed down by the Supreme Court that grapple with passionate issues: integration, school prayer, abortion, affirmative action. The appointment of new justices is a highly chargedMoreIn recent years widespread attention has been focused on decisions handed down by the Supreme Court that grapple with passionate issues: integration, school prayer, abortion, affirmative action. The appointment of new justices is a highly charged political event although the Court is supposed to be above politics.

Amidst the bicentennial celebration of the Constitution and almost daily reports of major confrontations awaiting the highest courts judicial review, John Brigham presents a fresh and innovative examination of the U.S. Supreme Court as the final arbiter of constitutional interpretation.Drawing on philosophy and anthropology, The Cult of the Court offers a social scientific investigation of an institution whose authority has come to be taken for granted.

The author emphasizes that the Court is an institution and that its authority is founded less in the claim of legal expertise than in hierarchical finality-the assertion of political will, not of legal judgment. He shows how the Court has supplanted the Constitution as the authority in our political world and that what makes legal sense is affected by these factors of institutionalization, bureaucratization, and court-dominated constitutionalism.



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