Making our democracy work : a judge's view / Stephen Breyer.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
xiv, 270 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Formatted Contents Note
The people's trust. Judicial review : the democratic anomaly ; Establishing judicial review : Marbury v. Madison ; The Cherokees ; Dred Scott ; Little Rock ; A present-day example Decisions that work. The basic approach ; Congress, statutes, and purposes ; The executive branch, administrative action, and comparative expertise ; The States and Federalism : decentralization and subsidiarity ; Other Federal courts : specialization ; Past court decisions : stability Protecting individuals. Individual liberty : permanent values and proportionality ; The President, national security, and accountability : Korematsu ; Presidential power : Guantánamo and accountability.
Justice Breyer discusses what the Court must do going forward to maintain that public confidence and argues for interpreting the Constitution in a way that works in practice. He forcefully rejects competing approaches that look exclusively to the Constitution's text or to the eighteenth-century views of the framers. Instead, he advocates a pragmatic approach that applies unchanging constitutional values to ever-changing circumstances--an approach that will best demonstrate to the public that the Constitution continues to serve us well.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-254) and index.