Cover: Exemptions: Necessary, Justified, or Misguided?, from Harvard University PressCover: Exemptions in HARDCOVER


Necessary, Justified, or Misguided?

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$51.50 • £41.95 • €46.50

ISBN 9780674659872

Publication Date: 04/25/2016


288 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


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Greenawalt, in this readable, informative, in-depth study, probes the under-researched area of government exemptions. The author’s primary focus is the basic underlying reasons for deciding to grant exemptions and determining their scope. Greenawalt persuasively illustrates, beyond recent controversial headlines, how to weigh competing values favoring or opposing exemptions from historical, comparative, and critical perspectives. Readers of Greenawalt’s work will have the tools necessary to analyze today’s controversies resulting from Obergefell v. Hodges and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The connecting thread between granting or opposing an exemption is Greenawalt’s contention that serious reflection on what should be done requires recognition of actual competing considerations and genuine concern for fellow citizens who differ from others in significant ways.—J. M. Trayhan, Choice

This book deserves a good deal of attention. Like all of Greenawalt’s work, Exemptions is clear, careful, and superbly parsed.—Paul Horwitz, University of Alabama School of Law

The qualities that make Greenawalt so universally and strongly admired are on full display here—thoughtfulness, mastery of detail, deep empathy for competing positions, and clear writing. This will be an important book, not only in the fraught present but also in the calmer future.—Nelson Tebbe, Brooklyn Law School

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