judicial politics 4-8-08

judicial politics 4-8-08 - ROLE OF THE COURT 4/8/2008...

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ROLE OF THE COURT 08/04/2008 07:15:00 DOMINANT GOVERNING COALITION (Support popular policies) The policy views dominant on the court are never for long out of line with the  policy views dominant among the lawmaking majorities of the United States  (Dahl 1957, 285) o Dahl assumes replenishment of justices by new governing coalitions o If DGC true, should reject old statutes (more time b/w passage and  overturning), (not recent statutes being overturned) o Congress tries to reverse ct decisions only in major cases o Support that most of time ct is member of DGC Exception is during major party realignments and courts left out  of step PROTECTOR OF MINORITY RIGHTS (Deny popular policies) There may be narrower scope for operation of the presumption of  constitutionality when legislation appears on its face to be within a specific  prohibition of the Constitution such as those of the first 10 amendments which 
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PSC 113 taught by Professor Wahlbeck during the Spring '08 term at GWU.

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