Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States (Hardback)
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Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States (Hardback)

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Hardback 230 Pages / Published: 02/05/2013
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In Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States, Robert J. Hume examines how the democratization of state courts and state constitutional systems has influenced the capacity of judges to protect minority rights. Through an intensive examination of same-sex marriage policy, Hume shows that democratic innovations like judicial elections and initiative amendment procedures have conditioned the impact of judges on state marriage laws. Using a combination of original and publicly available data, Hume demonstrates that "courthouse democracy " has influenced the behavior of state judges, the reactions of the public to state court decisions, and the long-term policy consequences of these decisions, including the passage of state constitutional amendments. Hume concludes that judges will be capable of producing meaningful social change-and protecting minority rights-only when they have the institutional resources that they need to stand against popular opinion.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199982172
Number of pages: 230
Weight: 502 g
Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 22 mm


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"With lots of footnotes, plenty of charts and graphs, and the expected numbers-crunching, Courtroom Democracy and Minority Rights is clearly intended for fellow academics, grad students, and senior political science majors. However, a general reader can learn plenty from the book." -- Blake Maddux, DigBoston.com


"The state same-sex marriage cases offer lessons about the capacities of state courts to bring about dramatic policy changes (lessons that Hume derives from solid research and skillful analysis of existing and his own original data). In addition, Hume offers a plausible argument that state courts were the catalysts that made same-sex marriage possible." -- Philip A. Dynia, The Law and Politics Book Review




"With lots of footnotes, plenty of charts and graphs, and the expected numbers-crunching, Courtroom Democracy and Minority Rights is clearly intended for fellow academics, grad students, and senior political science majors. However, a general reader can learn plenty from the book." -- Blake Maddux, DigBoston.com


"The state same-sex marriage cases offer lessons about the capacities of state courts to bring about dramatic policy changes (lessons that Hume derives from solid research and skillful analysis of existing and his own original data). In addition, Hume offers a plausible argument that state courts were the catalysts that made same-sex marriage possible." -- Philip A. Dynia, The Law and Politics Book Review


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