New Casebook: Constitutional Law and American Democracy by Corey Brettschneider

I am happy to announce the publication of my new integrated casebook and reader, Constitutional Law and American Democracy: Cases and Readings, with Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Press:

http://www.aspenpublishers.com/Product.asp?catalog_name=Aspen&category_name=&product_id=0735579822

 

If you would like a complimentary copy to review for possible use in your course, please send me an email at Corey_Brettschneider@Brown.edu or to one of the Aspen sales reps, Pandora.Gorman@wolterskluwer.com and note your mailing address. Aspen has been very prompt in sending the books out for review.

Here is a description: Constitutional Law and American Democracy is an integrated casebook and reader that guides students through the most important conflicts over legal issues and doctrines today, as debated by Supreme Court justices and leading academics. I use selections from the most influential articles and books in constitutional law, political theory, and legal history to introduce students to doctrinal debates. By showing competing interpretations of the Constitution, the book helps students to appreciate the stakes in the disputes between the justices on separation of powers, federalism, civil liberties, and the equal protection of the law. The format also encourages students to form thoughtful and well-developed positions about where they stand in these debates. In my own teaching, I have found that the book’s focus on controversial issues such as abortion rights, gay rights, and the right to bear arms serves as a highly effective “hook” in gaining the attention of students and drawing them into the wider framework of political values, legal doctrine, and constitutional interpretation that ultimately shape court cases and judicial opinions.

I hope the book is of interest!

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