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 - Political Science - 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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Of Law and Politics
In such Manner as the Legislature Thereof May Direct The Outcome in Bush v Gore Defended
Leaving the Decision to Congress
Political Judgments
The Newest Equal Protection Regressive Doctrine on a Changeable Court
TwoandaHalf Cheers for Bush v Gore
Suspicion or the New Prince
Democracy and Disorder
Bush v Gore Prolegomenon to an Assessment
Bush v Gore What Were They Thinking?
Order Without Law
In Defense of the Courts Legitimacy
Whither Electoral Reforms in the Wake of Bush v Gore?

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Cass R. Sunstein is the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence in the Law School and the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

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