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The Most Activist Supreme Court in History: The Road to Modern Judicial Conservatism

Thomas M. Keck


When conservatives took control of the federal judiciary in the 1980s, it was widely assumed that they would reverse the landmark rights-protecting precedents set by the Warren Court and replace them with a broad commitment to judicial restraint. Instead, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice William Rehnquist has reaffirmed most of those liberal decisions while creating its own brand of conservative judicial activism. Ranging from 1937 to the present, this book traces the legal and political forces that have shaped the modern Court. The book argues that the tensions within modern conservatism ... More

Keywords: conservatives, federal judiciary, rights-protecting precedents, Warren Court, judicial restraint, Supreme Court, William Rehnquist, judicial activism, modern conservatism, political conflicts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226428840
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226428864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas M. Keck, author