Several contributors offer wide-ranging accounts of the workings of Congress. They look at lawmakersâ€™ attitudes toward Congressâ€™s role as a constitutional interpreter, the offices within Congress that help lawmakers learn about constitutional issues, Congressâ€™s willingness to use its confirmation power to shape constitutional decisions by both the executive and the courts, and the frequency with which congressional committees take constitutional questions into account. Other contributors address congressional deliberation, paying particular attention to whether Congressâ€™s constitutional interpretations are sound. Still others examine how Congress and the courts should respond to one anotherâ€™s decisions, suggesting how the courts should evaluate Congressâ€™s work and considering how lawmakers respond to Court decisions that strike down federal legislation. While some essayists are inclined to evaluate Congressâ€™s constitutional interpretation positively, others argue that it could be improved and suggest institutional and procedural reforms toward that end. Whatever their conclusions, all of the essays underscore the pervasive and crucial role that Congress plays in shaping the meaning of the Constitution.
Contributors. David P. Currie, Neal Devins, William N. Eskridge Jr.. John Ferejohn, Louis Fisher, Elizabeth Garrett, Michael J. Gerhardt, Michael J. Klarman, Bruce G. Peabody, J. Mitchell Pickerill, Barbara Sinclair, Mark Tushnet, Adrian Vermeule, Keith E. Whittington, John C. Yoo
Author : Neal Devins
ISBN : 082233612X
Language : English
No of Pages : 336
Publication Date : 7/18/2005
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 9.25x6.3x0.79
Book weight : 0.01
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