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Morality Imposed
Author: Stephen E. Gottlieb

ISBN: 9780814731284
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17 August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.8
Description:
In this well-written and carefully documented book Professor Gottliebcontends that the conservative direction of this court is so strongthat it is impossible for the poor and less fortunate to receiveproper consideration and, ultimately, redress. --New York Law JournalWe like to think of judges and justices as making decisions based on the facts and the law. But to what extent do jurists decide cases in accordance with their own preexisting philosophy of law, and what specific ideological assumptions account for their decisions? Stephen E. Gottlieb adopts a unique perspective on the decision-making of Supreme Court justices, blending and re-characterizing traditional accounts of political philosophy in a way that plausibly explains many of the justices' voting patterns. A seminal study of the Rehnquist Court, Morality Imposed illustrates how, in contrast to previous courts which took their mandate to be a move toward a freer and/or happier society, the current court evidences little concern for this goal, focusing instead on thinly veiled moral judgments. Delineating a fault line between liberal and conservative justices on the Rehnquist Court, Gottlieb suggests that co...

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