The United States Supreme Court

A political and legal analysis, second edition

By Robert McKeever

The United States Supreme Court


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0733-6
  • Pages: 184
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £27.50
  • Published Date: October 2016
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / National, Politics & government, Constitutional & administrative law: general, Constitutional & Administrative Law, Comparative politics, Central / national / federal government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / General, United States of America, USA


The US Supreme Court is arguably the most controversial institution in the American political system. Decisions on such 'hot-button' issues as abortion, race equality, the death penalty and gay marriage have sharply divided the Court, politicians and public opinion. Some say that the Justices are merely politicians in judicial robes, while others insist that the Court simply does its best to interpret the Constitution for a society that differs drastically from the late eighteenth century when it was written. All those studying or simply interested in American politics must therefore get to grips with the nature, power and role of the Supreme Court in American politics.

This book provides a comprehensive and balanced account, written and organised in an accessible style. It assumes no prior knowledge of the Court or constitutional law, and will help readers to gain a full appreciation of this much-criticised and important institution.


Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
1. The Court's contemporary agenda
2. A historical overview
3. Cases, decisions and judicial procedures
4. Politics and judicial review
5. Advice and consent: the politics of Supreme Court appointments
6. The power of the Supreme Court: constraints, compliance and impact
7. The role of the Supreme Court in American government and politics
Guide to further reading
Case index
General index


Robert J. McKeever is Associate Fellow in the Institute of the Americas at University College London

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