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Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy
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Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy

Nathaniel Persily, Jack Citrin, and Patrick J. Egan

Abstract

American politics is most notably characterized by the heated debates on constitutional interpretation at the core of its ever-raging culture wars, and the coverage of these lingering disputes is often inundated with public-opinion polls. Yet for all their prominence in contemporary society, there has never been an all-inclusive, systematic study of public opinion and how it impacts the courts and electoral politics. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of American public opinion on the key constitutional controversies of the 20th century, including desegregation, school prayer, abortio ... More

Keywords: American politics, constitutional interpretation, public-opinion polls, desegregation, school prayer, abortion, death penalty, affirmative action, gay rights, assisted suicide

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195329414
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329414.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathaniel Persily, editor
Columbia University

Jack Citrin, editor
University of California, Berkeley

Patrick J. Egan, editor
New York University
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Contents

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Introduction

Nathaniel Persily

1 Desegregation

Michael Murakami

3 School Prayer

Alison Gash, and Angelo Gonzales

4 Abortion

Samantha Luks, and Michael Salamone

5: The Death Penalty

John Hanley

6 Gender Equality

Serena Mayeri, Ryan Brown, Nathaniel Persily, and Son Ho Kim

7 Affirmative Action

Loan Le, and Jack Citrin

8 Flag Burning

Peter Hanson

9 Federalism

Megan Mullin

10 Gay Rights

Patrick J. Egan, Nathaniel Persily, and Kevin Wallsten

11 The Right to Die

Joshua A. Green, and Matthew G. Jarvis

12 Government Takings of Private Property

Janice Nadler, Shari Seidman Diamond, and Matthew M. Patton

13 The War on Terror and Civil Liberties

Darshan Goux, Patrick J. Egan, and Jack Citrin

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