Politics and Constitutionalism: The Louis Fisher Connection

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Robert J. Spitzer
SUNY Press, May 26, 2000 - Political Science - 285 pages
Politics and Constitutionalism presents a collection of eight original essays by leading political science and law scholars, organized to recognize and analyze Louis Fisher's prolific and important body of work. The essays explore the role of all three branches of government in shaping constitutional meaning and institutional behavior, noting that the courts do not have sole interpretive power. This principle is applied to such topics as the dynamic of key court rulings, federalism, war powers, diplomacy, government secrecy, and the impact of the legal community on constitutional interpretation. The book's contributors also turn renewed attention to the study of American institutions as the fountainhead of political analysis, a movement in which Fisher has been a pioneer. Fisher himself contributes a summative essay.

Contributors include David Gray Adler, Dean Alfange, Jr., Neal Devins, Louis Fisher, Michael J. Glennon, Loch K. Johnson, Nancy Kassop, and Robert J. Spitzer.


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Introduction Robert J Spitzer
The Last Word Debate Revisited Neal Devins
Diplomacy Foreign Affairs and Coordinate Review Michael J Glennon
The Courts and the Political Branches Interpretation Accommodation and Autonomy Nancy Kassop
Judicial Power Coordinate Construction and Presidential Warmaking David Gray Adler
The Supreme Court and Federalism Yesterday and Today Dean Alfange Jr
Probing Government Secrecy Louis Fisher and the Hidden Side of Government Loch K Johnson
Saving the Constitution from Lawyers Robert J Spitzer
Commentary Louis Fisher
Bibliography of Louis Fishers Publications
Case Index
Subject and Name Index

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Robert J. Spitzer is Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York, College at Cortland, and author of The Presidential Veto, also published by SUNY Press.

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