Neoconservative Politics and the Supreme Court
Law, Power, and Democracy
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: NYU Press
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This book evolved from a planned article focusing on two questions. First, what is neoconservatism? The term neoconservativism has been used so loosely that its meaning has become obscure, yet its frequent use suggests an underlying importance. Thus, I wanted to go to its origins and understand...
1. Reagan, Cross-Pollination, and Neoconservatism: An Introduction
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For more than twenty-five years, starting in 1980, neoconservatives stood at the intellectual forefront of a conservative coalition that reigned over the national government. Neocons earned this prominent position by leading an assault on the hegemonic pluralist democratic regime that had taken...
2. From Republican to Pluralist Democracy
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From the framing through the 1920s, the United States operated as a republican democracy. Citizens and elected officials were supposed to be virtuous: In the political realm, they were to pursue the common good or public welfare rather than their own private interests. The 1776 Virginia Bill of...
3. Pluralist Democracy: Dissent and Evolution
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Pluralist democracy achieved hegemony during the post–World War II era as the correct theory and practice of government. Yet pluralist democracy neither went unchallenged nor remained static. The first part of this chapter focuses on Leo Strauss, a leading opponent of pluralist democracy,...
4. On Neoconservatism
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The typical neoconservative grew up in New York City in a “lower-middle-class or working-class” family. Many (though not all) were Jewish and attended City College of New York (CCNY), often because, at the time, other schools followed antisemitic admission policies. In the 1920s, numerous colleges...
5. The Supreme Court and Neoconservatism
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In the 2008 election, the American people largely banished neoconservatives from the executive and legislative branches of the national government. Naturally, with periodic congressional and presidential elections, the ratio of conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats in positions of official power...
6. The Supreme Court in the Future
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Most commentators would agree that five of the current Supreme Court justices are conservatives, but many of those same commentators would quarrel with my characterization of four of those justices—Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito—as neoconservatives. Yet, if neoconservatism, as I...
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Selected Bibliography of Books
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Selected Case Citations
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About the Author
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2012