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Breaking the Deadlock : The 2000 Election, the Constitution, and the Courts

Breaking the Deadlock : The 2000 Election, the Constitution, and the Courts - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691090733

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Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 2001
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Breaking the Deadlock : The 2000 Election, the Constitution, and the Courts - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691090733

Richard A. Posner

ISBN13: 978-0691090733
ISBN10: 0691090734
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

The 2000 Presidential election ended in a collision of history, law, and the courts. It produced a deadlock that dragged out the result for over a month, and consequences--real and imagined--that promise to drag on for years. In the first in-depth study of the election and its litigious aftermath, Judge Posner surveys the history and theory of American electoral law and practice, analyzes which Presidential candidate ''really'' won the popular vote in Florida, surveys the litigation that ensued, evaluates the courts, the lawyers, and the commentators, and ends with a blueprint for reforming our Presidential electoral practices.

The book starts with an overview of the electoral process, including its history and guiding theories. It looks next at the Florida election itself, exploring which candidate ''really'' won and whether this is even a meaningful question. The focus then shifts to the complex litigation, both state and federal, provoked by the photo finish. On the basis of the pragmatic jurisprudence that Judge Posner has articulated and defended in his previous writings, this book offers an alternative justification for the Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore while praising the Court for averting the chaotic consequences of an unresolved deadlock.

Posner also evaluates the performance of the lawyers who conducted the post-election litigation and of the academics who commented on the unfolding drama. He argues that neither Gore's nor Bush's lawyers blundered seriously, but that the reaction of the legal professoriat to the litigation exposed serious flaws in the academic practice of constitutional law. While rejecting such radical moves as abolishing the Electoral College or creating a national ballot, Posner concludes with a detailed plan of feasible reforms designed to avoid a repetition of the 2000 election fiasco.

Lawyers, political scientists, pundits, and politicians are waiting to hear what Judge Posner has to say. But this book is written for and will be welcomed by all who were riveted by the recent crisis of presidential succession.

Author Bio

Posner, Richard A. : United States Court of Appeals / University of Chicago

Richard A. Posner is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. His many books include Economic Analysis of Law (now in its fifth edition), Sex and Reason, Overcoming Law, The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory, and An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton. Overcoming Law was one of the New York Times Book Review editors' choices for best book of 1995, and An Affair of State was one of their choices for best book of 1999.

Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology of the Deadlock
Glossary of Election Terms
Introduction

Chapter 1 The Road to Florida 2000
Chapter 2 The Deadlocked Election
Chapter 3 The Postelection Struggle in the Courts
Chapter 4 Critiquing the Participants
Chapter 5 Consequences and Reforms

Conclusion
Index

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