Constitutional Law for a Changing America remains the best political science Constitutional Law textbook on the market.”
— Chad Westerland, University of Arizona
Judicial decisions are influenced by myriad political factors, from lawyers and interest groups, to the shifting sentiments of public opinion, to the ideological and behavioral inclinations of the justices. Authors Lee Epstein and Thomas G. Walker show how these dynamics shape the development of constitutional doctrine. Known for fastidious revising and streamlining, the authors incorporate the latest scholarship in the fields of both political science and legal studies and offer rock-solid analysis of both classic and contemporary landmark cases, including key opinions handed down through the 2015 session. Filled with supporting material—photographs of the litigants, sidebars comparing the U.S. with other nations, and "Aftermath" boxes that tell the stories of the parties' lives after the Supreme Court has acted—the text encourages greater student engagement with the material and a more complete understanding of the American constitution.
Take your constitutional law class beyond the book with the newly redesigned SAGE edge Con Law Resource Center. This site features more than 500 excerpted, supplemental cases mentioned or referenced in the commentary of the Constitutional Law for a Changing America volumes! It also offers twelve hypothetical cases paired with discussion questions and writing assignments; moot-court simulations; and eFlashcards of key terms.
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Epstein: Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Institutional Powers and Constraints, 9e PLUS Online Resource Center—use bundle ISBN: 978-1-5063-4365-5.
|Processing Supreme Court Cases|
|Supreme Court Decision Making: Legalism|
|Supreme Court Decision Making: Realism|
|Conducting Research on the Supreme Court|
|Establishment of the Federal Judiciary|
|Constraints on Judicial Power: Article III|
|Constraints on Judicial Power and the Separation of Powers System|
|Article I: Historical Overview|
|Congressional Authority over Internal Affairs: Institutional Independence and Integrity|
|Legislative Powers: Sources and Scope|
|Federal Legislature: Constitutional Interpretations|
|Article II: Basic Considerations|
|The Faithful Execution of the Laws: Defining the Contours of Presidential Power|
|Domestic Powers of the President|
|The Role of the President in Foreign Policy|
|Debates over the Separation of Powers System|
|Powers over Foreign Affairs|
|The Doctrinal Cycle of Nation-State Relations|
|The Eleventh Amendment and Sovereign Immunity|
|New Judicial Federalism|
|National Preemption of State Laws|
|Foundations of the Commerce Power|
|Attempts to Define the Commerce Power in the Wake of Industrial Revolution|
|The Supreme Court and the New Deal|
|The Era of Expansive Commerce Clause Jurisprudence|
|Limits on the Commerce Power: The Republican Court Era|
|Commerce Power of the States|
|The Constitutional Power to Tax and Spend|
|Direct Taxes and the Power to Tax Income|
|Taxation of Exports|
|Intergovernmental Tax Immunity|
|Taxation as a Regulatory Power|
|Taxing and Spending for the General Welfare|
|Restrictions on the Revenue Powers of the States|
|The Framers and the Contract Clause|
|John Marshall and the Contract Clause|
|Decline of the Contract Clause: From the Taney Court to the New Deal|
|Modern Applications of the Contract Clause|
|Development of Substantive Due Process|
|The Roller-Coaster Ride of Substantive Due Process: 1898–1923|
|The Heyday of Substantive Due Process: 1923–1936|
|The Depression, the New Deal, and the Decline of Economic Substantive Due Process|
|Substantive Due Process: Contemporary Relevance|
|Protecting Private Property from Government Seizure|
|What Is a Taking?|
|What Constitutes a Public Use?|
Online case archive at edge.sagepub.com/conlaw
With more than 500 supplemental cases that are mentioned or referenced in the text’s commentary, this online archive has been compiled and edited with great care—the authors have excerpted each case in the same format as those in the text, featuring the justices’ votes, a summary of case facts, and a carefully edited version of the justices’ opinions. The authors continue to post recent cases as soon as each Supreme Court term ends, keeping this invaluable resource as current as possible. As with other editions of Constitutional Law for a Changing America, instructors and students purchasing new copies* will enjoy free access to the online Constitutional Law Case Archive.
*Students purchasing used copies may purchase Archive access for a nominal fee.
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Instructor Resources save time and ease class prep. Register for the password-protected site and download the resources you need. A Microsoft® Word and Respondus test bank offers a diverse set of test questions and answers for each chapter of the book. Multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for every chapter help instructors assess students' progress and understanding.
Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.
- A case study archive with additional online-only cases, along with cases from previous editions
- A customized online action plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience.
- Mobile-friendly eflashcards strengthen understanding of key terms
- Mobile-friendly practice quizzes that allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material