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Superintending democracy : the courts and the political process

Banks, Christopher P. (Added Author). Green, John Clifford, 1953- (Added Author). United States. Supreme Court. (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 1884836720 (alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xii, 396 p. ; 24 cm.
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  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: Akron, Ohio : University of Akron Press, 2001.

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General Note: "U.S. Supreme Court."
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 369-379) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Superintending democracy / Christopher P. Banks and John C. Green -- The United States Supreme Court's response to American political corruption: the failure of Constitutional law or the success of Republican liberty? / Christopher P. Banks -- A legal strategy for challenging Buckley v. Valeo / Jon C. Bonifaz, Gregory G. Luke, and Brenda Wright -- Dollars and sense: in praise of Buckley v. Valeo / Joel M. Gora -- The role of disclosure in campaign finance reform / Trevor Potter -- Splitting the difference: the Supreme Court's search for the middle ground in racial gerrymandering cases / Barbara Perry -- The right to party: the United States Supreme Court and contemporary political parties / John C. Green -- The United States Supreme Court as an obstacle to political reform: the weak constitutional justification for the two-party system / David K. Ryden -- Ironies abound in the United States Supreme Court's rulings limiting political patronage / David M. O'Brien -- Whitewater, Iran-Contra, and the limits of the law / Katy J. Harriger -- The influence of the NAACP legal defense fund on the United States Supreme Court's decision making in minority voting rights law / Steven C. Tauber -- "A December storm over the U.S. Supreme Court": Bush v. Gore and superintending democracy / Christopher P. Banks -- Appendix. Summaries of key cases. Buckley v. Valeo (1976) ; Timmons v. Twin Cities area New Party (1997) -- Elrod v. Burns (1976) ; Shaw v. Reno I (1993) ; Bush v. Gore (2000).
Subject: United States. Supreme Court.
Political questions and judicial power United States
Election law United States
Campaign funds Law and legislation United States
Law and politics

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For close to 200 years, since its 1803 decision in Marbury v. Madison, the U.S. Supreme Court has been a vital if controversial actor in the grand theater of American politics. It is even more so today, following November 2000 Court decision that determined the outcome of the Presidential election. Yet one crucial question remains: just what role should the courts, especially the Court, play in superintending the electoral process? Written from a variety of academic and analytical vantage points, this collection of essays critically examines the salient fact that it is inevitably the Court, an "undemocratic" institution, that oversees the functioning of our democratic processes, from gerrymandering to presidential elections. Readers will especially benefit from the examination of the Court's work in Bush v. Gore. Edited by two University of Akron professors of political science, this work is a scholarly, masterful contribution to the literature concerning the nexus between law and politics in the United States. It belongs in all libraries, especially those serving scholars, undergraduates, and graduate students. Highly recommended. Stephen K. Shaw, Northwest Nazarene Univ., Nampa, ID (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In light of the 2000 presidential election and the ensuing controversy in the recount of Florida's votes, the authors provide a timely analysis of the Supreme Court as "superintendent" of political corruption, campaign finance, and the drawing of electoral districts. Chapter 2 provides an overview of important Supreme Court cases on bribery, conflicts of interests, money in political elections, ballot integrity, vote protection, political patronage, partisan activities of public employees, and regulation of political parties. Chapters 3 and 4 examine the Buckley v. Valeo ruling in detail, providing reasons why it is under challenge and defending it. Chapter 4 also reviews the various reform bills pending at the federal and state levels, including issue advocacy and soft money regulations, and suggests alternative approaches such as repealing all limits on campaign contributions and expenditures. Chapters 7 and 8 discuss the Supreme Court's impact on contemporary political parties: although the Court has guaranteed the "right to party," it has obstructed political reforms that would enhance democratic representativeness. In conclusion, the authors successfully raise questions about what the Court's legitimate role is in political and electoral processes. Recommended at all levels. R. A. Strickland Appalachian State University

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