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The People’s Courts

Pursuing Judicial Independence in America

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$41.00 • £32.95 • €37.00

ISBN 9780674055483

Publication Date: 02/27/2012

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400 pages

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

2 line illustrations, 2 graphs, 7 tables

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  • Introduction: America’s Peculiar Institution
  • 1. Declaring Judicial Independence
  • 2. Judicial Challenges in the Early Republic
  • 3. Judicial Elections as Separation of Powers
  • 4. Panic and Trigger
  • 5. The American Revolutions of 1848
  • 6. The Boom in Judicial Review
  • 7. Reconstructing Independence
  • 8. The Progressives’ Failed Solutions
  • 9. The Great Depression, Crime, and the Revival of Appointment
  • 10. The Puzzling Rise of Merit
  • Epilogue: Judicial Plutocracy after 1980
  • Conclusion: Interests, Ideas, and Judicial Independence
  • Appendix A: Judicial Elections Timeline
  • Appendix B: State Supreme Court Cases Declaring State Laws Unconstitutional
  • Appendix C: Total Reported Cases by Decade (on Westlaw and Lexis)
  • Appendix D: State Judicial Review, 1780–1864
  • Appendix E: Subject Matter of State Supreme Court Cases of Judicial Review
  • Appendix F: States Adopting and Rejecting Rylands
  • Appendix G: Timeline for the Adoption of Merit Selection
  • Appendix H: Partisan Balance during Merit Campaigns: Judicial Independence as Partisan Strategy
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2009 Cromwell Dissertation/Article Prize, American Society for Legal History, awarded for the dissertation version of this book
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