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the least dangerous branch the supreme court at the bar of politics by alexander m bickel

The Least Dangerous Branch : The Supreme Court at the Bar of Politics by Alexander M. Bickel


Indianapolis : Bobbs- Merrill, 1962. Hardcover. 303 pages ; 22 cm. Price clipped dust jacket. Book plate on front free endpaper. Pages clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.

The Supreme Court at the Bar of Politics
Alexander M. Bickel

The concept of this book is something of a departure from all recent literature on the Supreme Court.

It attempts to state and substantiate a conception of the Supreme Court of the United States that is consistent with the theory and practice of political democracy. The author focuses on the Court's complex relationship with the nation's political institutions, in the context not only of what are conventionally regarded as great Constitutional cases, but also of jurisdictional and other adjudications that are usually ignored. Detailed treatment is given to cases concerned with film censorship, anti-birth-control legislation, Congressional investigations, loyalty and security dismissals, legislative apportionment, and segregation.

About the Author

ALEXANDER M. BICKEL, after his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1949, served as law clerk to Federal Circuit Judge Calvert Magruder. In 1952-53 he was law clerk to Mr. Justice Felix Frankfurter. He then spent a year as Special Assistant to the Director, Policy Planning Staff, Department of State, before going to Yale as a professor of law.

Professor Bickel is author of The Unpublished Opinions of Mr. Justice Brandeis—The Supreme Court at Work (Belknap Press, Harvard 1957), as well as numerous articles in law reviews and other periodicals. Since 1957 he has been a Contributing Editor to "The New Republic."

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