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One Case at a Time: Judicial Minimalism on the Supreme Court Hardcover – 26 Feb 1999

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  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (26 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674637909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674637900
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
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In "One Case at a Time", Sunstein describes the current Supreme Court's 'judicial minimalism'--deciding cases as narrowly as possible, without widely applicable rules. This position, he urges, can support deliberative democracy, particularly if the issues involved are complex and no citizen consensus has emerged. Sunstein outlines his arguments and applies it in analyzing recent decisions on 'affirmative action, discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation, the right to die, and new issues of free speech raised by...communications technologies.' He then addresses alternatives to minimalism, mainly Justice Scalia's 'democratic formalism' and the complaint that minimalist decisions lack theoretical depth as well as breadth, concluding by summarizing his view of the place of judicial minimalism in a democracy.--Mary Carroll "Booklist "

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Cass R. Sunstein is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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