The Constitution in 2020


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.1 X 1.0 X 9.3 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, and the Founder and Director of Yale's Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and the new information technologies. Professor Balkin teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, telecommunications and Internet law, first amendment law, cultural and social theory, and jurisprudence. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the author of over 80 articles on constitutional and legal theory. He has written op-eds and commentaries for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the L.A. Times, the Hartford Courant, the New Orleans Times Picayune, the Washington Monthly, and the New Republic Online. He also runs a weblog, Balkinization, at http: // Reva B. Siegel is Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and legal history, and serves as faculty advisor to the American Constitution Society chapter. Professor Siegel's writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality, and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution. Much of her recent work analyzes how progressive and conservative movements have struggled to shape constitutional law in matters concerning race, sex, and the family over the last several decades. She is currently writing a series of articles exploring the genesis of the "traditional family values" coalition and the evolving strategies of the anti-abortion movement.


"It is clear that no talent was spared in the construction of Balkin and Siegel's book The Constitution in 2020....Balkin and Siegel have drawn together a group of contributors highly qualified to predict the challenges that redemptive constitutionalism could face in the next decade."--Political Studies Review

"The Constitution in 2020 belongs in every academic law library. This collection would be a valuable addition to a suggested reading list for constitutional law classes. High school students in advanced placement US government and politics classes might be encouraged to read a few of the essays. Law librarians should at least skim through this book, too. You never know when someone is going to ask a question that you may be able to answer thanks to your outside reading."--Law Library Journal

"For a generation, conservatives have dominated our constitutional conversation. Now as a new day dawns, this inspiring book recaptures a progressive vision of a Constitution that can fulfill the country's oldest commitments to a robust and inclusive democracy."--Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Becoming Justice Blackmun: R

"For much too long, progressive thinkers have been either responding reflexively to agendas set by the right, or wringing their hands over the absence of constructive options of their own. This volume marks the end of that time in the wilderness. Constitutional progressives who read this book's veritable cornucopia of carefully conceived alternatives are bound to be energizes by the vistas opened here--and challenged by the puzzles poster in every sparkling chapter."--Laurence H. Tribe, University Professor, Harvard Law School, and author of The Invisible Constitution