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Unfit for democracy : the Roberts court and the breakdown of American politics / Stephen E. Gottlieb.

By: Gottlieb, Stephen E [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New York ; London : New York University Press, [2016]Copyright date: ©2016Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780814732434; 0814732437.Subject(s): Political questions and judicial power -- United States | Democracy -- United States | Constitutional law -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Unfit for democracyDDC classification: 347.73/26 LOC classification: KF8742 | .G68 2016Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Gottlieb (Albany Law School) provides an interesting critique of the US Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts by arguing that the high court's decisions have damaged the democratic values that American constitutional law should strive for. The author should be commended for the impressive level of detail and the variety of perspectives offered. However, it must be noted that he fails to address the obvious counterargument in any substantial way. The Supreme Court leads the most undemocratic branch of government, and courts protect minority rights even when it may be unpopular. The Roberts court may deserve criticism (depending on one's viewpoint), but it is also certain that the court has performed the same function in all of American history. The book, therefore, would be improved by being more impartial. Gottlieb provides a worthy contribution to the scholarly literature on the role of courts in the US, but other authors critique the Roberts court in a more convincing way. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Billy W. Monroe, Prairie View A&M University

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