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Author Carrese, Paul.

Title The cloaking of power : Montesquieu, Blackstone, and the rise of judicial activism / Paul O. Carrese
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2003]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 335 pages)
Contents 1: Montesquieu's jurisprudence and new judicial power -- Moderating liberalism and common law: spirit and juridical liberty -- Moderate and juridical government: the spirit of constitutional liberty -- Projects for reform: due process, national spirit, and liberal toleration -- The new aristocracy of the robe: history, reason, and judicial prudence -- 2: Blackstone and the Montesquieuan constitution -- Blackstone's liberal education for law and politics -- A gothic and liberal Constitution: Blackstone's tempering of sovereignty -- Blackstone, Lord Mansfield, and common-law liberalism -- 3: Montesquieu's judicial legacy in America -- Hamilton's common-law constitutionalism and judicial prudence -- Tocqueville's judicial statesmanship and common-law spirit -- Holmes and judicialized liberalism -- Conclusion: the cloaking of power and the perpetuation of constitutionalism
Summary How did the U.S. judiciary become so powerful-powerful enough that state and federal judges vied to decide a presidential election? What does this prominence mean for the law, constitutionalism, and liberal democracy both in America and internationally?In The Cloaking of Power, Paul O. Carrese provides a provocative and original analysis of the intellectual sources of today's powerful judiciary, arguing that Montesquieu, in his Spirit of the Laws, first articulated a new conception of the separation of powers and of strong but subtle courts
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-313) and index
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Subject Blackstone, William, 1723-1780.
Montesquieu, Charles de Secondat, baron de, 1689-1755.
Judicial power -- History.
Judicial process -- Political aspects -- History.
Jurisprudence -- History.
Liberalism -- History.
Political questions and judicial power -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226094839 (electronic bk.)
9780226094830 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)