Many think that the Rehnquist Court's most important division is between its liberals and its conservatOn the eve of Justice Rehnquist's retirement, a penetrating view of the dynamicspolitical and personalof the Supreme Court.
Many think that the Rehnquist Court's most important division is between its liberals and its conservatives, when in reality the division lies between two types of Republican conservatives. SomeRehnquist, Scalia, and Thomasare in tune with the modern post-Reagan Republican Party, while Kennedy and O'Connor, considered to be in the Court's center, represent an older Republican tradition. As a result, the Court has modestly promoted the economic agenda of today's conservatives but has regularly defeated the conservatives' agenda of social issues.
One of America's finest professors of constitutional law, Mark Tushnet narrates the dramas of the Courtboth intellectual and personalwith clarity and flair. In this authoritative analysis of the most important cases decided by the Rehnquist Court, he reveals how the decisions of these divided justices have left the future of the Courtand the nationhanging in the balance with all depending on the next court appointments after the elections in November....Continua