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Constitutional Law for a Changing America

Constitutional Law for a Changing America
Institutional Powers and Constraints

Eleventh Edition

March 2022 | 736 pages | CQ Press
Political factors influence judicial decisions. Arguments and input from lawyers and interest groups, the ebb and flow of public opinion, and especially the ideological and behavioral inclinations of the justices all combine to influence the development of constitutional doctrine. The Eleventh Edition of Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Institutional Powers and Constraints draws on political science as well as legal studies to analyze and excerpt landmark cases, including key opinions handed down through 2021.

This book is ideal for Constitutional Law courses in the two-semester sequence that covers powers and constraints. For courses that cover both rights and liberties and the separation of powers in one semester, see Constitutional Law for a Changing America: A Short Course.

CHAPTER 1 • Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court
CHAPTER 2 • The Judiciary
CHAPTER 3 • The Legislature
CHAPTER 4 • The Executive
CHAPTER 5 • Interbranch Interactions
CHAPTER 6 • Federalism
CHAPTER 7 • The Commerce Power
CHAPTER 8 • The Power to Tax and Spend
CHAPTER 9 • The Contract Clause
CHAPTER 10 • Economic Substantive Due Process
CHAPTER 11 • The Takings Clause


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Online resources included with this text

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ConLaw Resource Center

Take your constitutional law class beyond the book with the Con Law Resource Center, featuring more than 100 excerpted, supplemental cases referenced in the commentary of the Constitutional Law for a Changing America volumes. The authors have excerpted each case in the same format as those in the text, featuring the justices’ votes, a summary of case facts, and a carefully edited version of the justices’ opinions.
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The approach of the authors fits well with a political science course on Constitutional Law. Specifically I like the focus on the historic development of doctrine, the attention paid to political events beyond the Court and the change in Court personnel over time as influences on case results.

Dr Andrew Bryan Dzeguze
Politics and International Affairs, Northern Arizona University
October 28, 2022