Constitutional Personae: Heroes, Soldiers, Minimalists, and Mutes


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Oxford University Press, USA
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5.6 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. One of the nation's most prolific scholars, his books include Nudge, Radicals in Robes, Simpler, and


"Cass Sunstein provides an enlightening look at the different ways to approach the Constitution. In doing so, he transcends ideology and helps us appreciate different perspectives. He also shows the virtue of his own favorite approach, that of minimalism, which seeks to respect traditions and long-settled practices." -Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, and author of The Innovators

"In this remarkable addition to Oxford University Press' 'Inalienable Rights' series on the American Constitution, Cass Sunstein persuasively speaks not to theories of constitutional interpretation, but to four archetypical judicial personalities reflected in opinion-writing, and in doing so he opens up an imaginative new perspective for appreciating our constitutional history." -Peter L. Strauss, Betts Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

"In Constitutional Personae, Cass Sunstein analyzes judicial review in the United States in terms of four personalities or archetypes. He shows how this model illuminates a wide range of questions, and he offers a subtle restatement and defense of his favorite persona, the constitutional minimalist. Filled to the brim with insights, this is a splendid and imaginative contribution to constitutional theory." -Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law, Yale Law School

"A novel approach...carefully reasoned and clearly explained, Sunstein's approach offers a more insightful way of analyzing the positions of individual justices than resorting to simplistic ideologies." - Kirkus Reviews

"[A] valuable study of the different approaches that Supreme Court justices take in deciding cases...Given the significance of recent Supreme Court decisions on such issues as campaign finance, health care coverage, and marriage equality, Sunstein has performed a public service by enabling a better comprehension of how these judgments are reached." -Publishers Weekly

"Constitutional Personae has all sorts of treasures in it. Its classifications are illuminating." - The New York Review of Books