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About the Author: Mark Tushnet

Mark Tushnet is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the author of A Court Divided: The Rehnquist Court and the Future of Constitutional Law. He divides his time between Washington, DC, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Paperback, Published in Aug 2015 by Hart Publishing

ISBN10: 1849466041 | ISBN13: 9781849466042

Page count: 304

This is the second edition of Professor Mark Tushnet's excellent short critical introduction to the history and current meaning of the United States' Constitution. It is organized around two themes: first, the US Constitution is old, short, and difficult to amend. These characteristics have made constitutional 'interpretation' - especially by the US Supreme Court - the primary mechanism for adapting the Constitution to ever-changing reality. Second, the Constitution creates a structure of political opportunities that allows political actors, including political parties, to pursue the preferred policy goals, even to the point of altering the very structure of politics. Politics, that is, often gives meaning to the Constitution. Deploying these themes to examine the structure of the national government, federalism, judicial review, and individual rights, the book provides basic information about, and deeper insights into, the way the US constitutional system has developed and what it means today. (Series: Constitutional Systems of the World) *** ..".worthy of the highest recommendation for public and college library judicial studies shelves." -- Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch: December 2015, The Judicial Studies Shelf [Subject: US Law, Constitutional Law, Politics]

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