The Vote: Bush, Gore, and the Supreme Court

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Robert Walmsley University Professor Cass R Sunstein, Cass R. Sunstein, Richard A. Epstein
University of Chicago Press, 2001 - Law - 266 pages
Though George W. Bush took office in January, the nation is still recovering from the prolonged and complex process by which he was elected. The Florida electoral controversy and the subsequent decisions by both the Florida courts and the U.S. Supreme Court left citizens and scholars alike divided over the role of the judiciary in the electoral arena. Now, after a few months of reflection, leading constitutional scholarsCass R. Sunstein, Richard A. Epstein, Pamela S. Karlan, Richard A. Posner, and John Yoo, among others—weigh in on the Supreme Court's actions, which remain sensible, legally legitimate, and pragmatically defensible to some and an egregious abuse of power to others. Representing the full spectrum of views and arguments, The Vote offers the most timely and considered guide to the ultimate consequences and significance of the Supreme Court's decision.

The contributors to this volume were highly visible in the national media while the controversy raged, and here they present fully fleshed-out arguments for the positions they promoted on the airwaves. Readers will find in The Vote equally impassioned defenses for and indictments of the Court's actions, and they will come to understand the practical and theoretical implications of the Court's ruling in the realms of both law and politics. No doubt a spate of books will appear on the 2000 presidential election, but none will claim as distinguished a roster of contributors better qualified to place these recent events in their appropriate historical, legal, and political contexts.

Leading constitutional scholars render their verdicts on the 2000 presidential election controversy


Richard A. Epstein

Elizabeth Garrett

Samuel Issacharoff

Pamela S. Karlan

Michael W. McConnell

Frank I. Michelman

Richard H. Pildes

Richard A. Posner

David A. Strauss

Cass R. Sunstein

John Yoo

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We read this book in an American Government class. It clearly explains the U.S. election process, electoral college, and the reasoning behind the system. It presents both viewpoints equally, and includes much of the Supreme Court's opinions on the case in the appendix. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Cass R. Sunstein is the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago. Former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, he is the author of One Case at a Time and, among other books.

Richard A. Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. Among his books are Simple Rules for a Complex World and Principles for a Free Society.

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