Judicial Monarchs: Court Power and the Case for Restoring Popular Sovereignty in the United States (Paperback)

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Who has the final say on the meaning of the Constitution? From high school to law school, students learn that the framers designed the Supreme Court to be the ultimate arbiter of constitutional issues, a function Chief Justice John Marshall recognized in deciding Marbury v. Madison in 1803.

This provocative work challenges American dogma about the Supreme Court's role, showing instead that the founding generation understood judicial power not as a counterweight against popular government, but as a consequence, and indeed a support, of popular sovereignty. Contending that court power must be restrained so that policy decisions are left to the people's elected representatives, this study offers several remedies--including term limits and popular selection of the Supreme Court--to return the American people to their proper place in the constitutional order.

About the Author


William J. Watkins, Jr., a research fellow at the Independent Institute, is a former law clerk to Chief Judge William B. Traxler, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, the Independent Review, and Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780786468669
ISBN-10: 0786468661
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Publication Date: January 18th, 2012
Pages: 223
Language: English