American Politics 101-page16

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- Decisions at the highest level are final (at least, until the membership of the highest court changes!) Who gets to go to court? - Cases and controversy: Must be a real case with real disagreement between parties. - Standing: Parties must show real stake and/or injury. - Mootness: Case must still be live (cannot have already been resolved) - But then, things get more complicated… Writ of Ceritiorari: The supreme court can chose which case it wants to hear. The Power of Judicial Review - Judicial Review: The power to invalidate actions that are inconsistent with the constitution. - Federal courts can rule on the constitutionality of - Judicial review is Not Explicit in the Constitution: Marbury vs. Madison Decides Originalism: - Try to understand how the framers of the constitution understood it. - Apply the constitution as the framers would have.
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Unformatted text preview: -Tends toward judicial modesty. Living Constitution: -Try to interpret constitution consistent with prevailing norms and standards of justice. -Apply the constitution as the framers would have if they were living today. -Tends toward a more active judiciary. Justices Matters! -The way the constitution is interpreted changes dramatically over time. o Activism vs. Restraint of Justices o Political ideology of Justices. o Confirmation environment: Who gets confirmed? The President The Senate March 28, 2011 Research Paper Due on April 11 th ! -8 Sources! -Use textual sources as well as Questions to consider… -Why do elections work? -How do elections create government that is generally responsive to the people? -Are votes capable of making reasonable choices?...
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