Thursday, December 25, 2008

Constitutional Law or The Way Well Be

Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies

Author: Erwin Chemerinsky

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: Principles and Policies continues to serve as an incomparably clear introduction to both doctrine and policy in its Third Edition.

This highly successful student treatise offers distinct advantages:

  • thorough treatment of all areas of constitutional law covered in both beginning and advanced courses
  • direct, unambiguous identification of the issues
  • takes a neutral approach that examines all sides of constitutional law debates
  • presents both the doctrines and the underlying policy issues of the law, unlike many other texts which emphasize one or the other
  • flexible organization allows the chapters to be used in any order

    For the Third Edition, the author:

  • updates the entire text, with new material introduced throughout
  • pays special attention to developments between editions, particularly in regard to presidential power in the war on terrorism, the many decisions concerning state sovereign immunity, the controversial rulings concerning the takings clause, the important decisions concerning affirmative action by colleges and universities, and significant developments concerning the Establishment Clause (such as the approval of vouchers and the Ten Commandments decisions)
  • covers the most recent and significant cases, among them Hamdi v. Rumsfeld (executive power to detain enemy combatants), Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs and Tennessee v. Lane (sovereign immunity), Gonzales v. Raich (Congress's ability to prohibit possession and cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes), City of New London, Connecticut v. Kelo (takings clause), Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger (equal protection),Lawrence v. Texas (sexual privacy), and Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (vouchers)

    Book about:

    The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream

    Author: John Zogby

    In the tradition of Why We Buy, preeminent pollster John Zogby identifies key trends in American culture and suggests how companies from the Fortune 500 to the neighborhood deli can use this information to improve their business.

    The Washington Post - Steve Weinberg

    Dismissing a crystal-ball book by a professional pollster would be easy. After all, generalizing about a diverse nation of 300 million people based on samples of just a few hundred seems ludicrous. But pollster John Zogby's voice in The Way We'll Be is disarming. He anticipates skepticism and answers potential arguments with a combination of intelligent rebuttal, winning modesty and full disclosure about the limits of his methodology. What he describes seems a plausible (though not guaranteed) scenario for the future of the United States, its politics, culture and economics. Even if Zogby's conclusions prove to be mistaken, the data he has collected offer plenty of fodder for discussion.

    Publishers Weekly

    Renowned political pollster Zogby distills a lifetime of surveying public opinion into a provocative-and heartening-portrait of American attitudes toward a host of topical issues that will shock cynics who regularly pronounce on the nation's divisions, apathy and appetite for excess. "The bullshit era is over and done," Zogby notes; his surveys reveal a public craving for truth rather than hype, valuing thrift over luxury and ready to accept limits on consumption. A "New American Consensus" is emerging, according to the author; shared economic hardships are uniting people commonly perceived to be at odds, and self-defined identities such as "investor" are becoming more reliable predictors of worldviews than race or gender. The author reserves particular enthusiasm for the younger generation, whose responses reveal an unprecedented embrace of diversity, sensitivity to global human rights and a willingness to grapple with complex issues-such as abortion-free from orthodoxy and with a desire to find middle ground. "The American Century is over," Zogby declares, "and the Whole Earth Century has begun"; his intriguing claims will likely stimulate hope and continued debate. (Aug.)

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    Elizabeth L. Winter - Library Journal

    Pollster Zogby (CEO, Zogby Int'l.) synthesizes several years' worth of polling data across a wide variety of topics to paint a picture of today's American culture. In other words, he's not just discussing political polling here. After explaining the art and science behind polling, he goes on to argue for a new American consensus, one that he believes is emerging. He identifies and discusses four "meta-movements" that he thinks represent new definitions of the American dream, much different from the material prosperity that defined the good life for previous generations. He then details these meta-movements-living with limits, embracing diversity, looking inward, and demanding authenticity, discussing poll results on everything from how long Americans expect to live to whether or not scientists should bring back extinct dinosaurs. While Zogby's conclusions seem neither unfounded nor unreasonable, it is difficult to see how he can legitimately tease so much why out of polling numbers that simply demonstrate what. The poll data in the book will likely be of general interest, and his text boxes of summarized marketing tips following each chapter will be useful for those seeking to find new ways of reaching the kinds of American consumers Zogby has described. Recommended for business collections and corporate libraries.

    Table of Contents:

    1 The Art, Science, and Power of the Poll 3

    2 The New American Consensus: Moving Beyond the Values Divide 27

    3 Dematerializing the Paradigm: Leaner, Smaller, More Personal, and Personalized 56

    4 Global, Networked, and Inclusive: A Youth Movement That Is Reshaping All of Society 91

    5 The New American Dream: Who I Am, Not What I Own 120

    6 One True Thing: Searching for Authenticity in a Make-Believe World 148

    7 The Way We'll Be 184

    Acknowledgments 217

    Index 221

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