This book serves as a comprehensive guide and reference tool on constitutional law. Expert authors summarize judicial review and its limits, national legislative powers, state power in American federalism, Congress and the executive power, due process of law, equal protection, freedom of expression and religion, state action, and congressional legislation in civil rights and liberties.
This edition features extensive summaries of important and controversial Supreme Court cases. Illustrative is the extensive discussion of both the majority opinions and the dissents in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms. Similar treatment is extended to Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District (2007) ruling that public school districts voluntarily adopting school assignment policies using race as a criterion violate equal protection. In short, landmark Supreme Court cases, past and present, are presented in a concise, readable and informative way.