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Cover Image: Constitutional Law for a Changing America: A Short Course, 5th Edition
  • Date: 10/11/2011
  • Format: Text + Online Case Archive
  • Price: $120.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4522-1816-8
  • Pages: 687

  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $120.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-60871-697-5
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Constitutional Law for a Changing America: A Short Course, 5th Edition
Lee Epstein, University of Southern California, School of Law
Thomas G. Walker, Emory University


Because political factors influence judicial decisions, Constitutional Law for a Changing America draws on political science as well as legal studies to excerpt and analyze cases. With meticulous revising and a sharp new interior design, the authors streamline material while accounting for recent landmark cases and new scholarship.

Ideal for a one semester course, the Short Course offers all of the hallmarks of the Rights and Powers volumes in a more condensed format.

Updates to the fifth edition include:

  • expanded treatment of both legal and social-scientific approaches to the Court’s decision-making;
  • a new section on student rights with an excerpt from Morse v. Frederick;
  • increased coverage of hateful and offensive speech with an excerpt from Snyder v. Phelps;
  • a new section on voter identification with an excerpt from Crawford v. Marion County Election Board;
  • updated discussion of campaign reform legislation with an excerpt from the controversial Citizens United v. FEC decision.
Formats Available from CQ Press
ISBN: 978-1-4522-1816-8 Format: Text + Online Case Archive Retail Price: $120.00 Price to Bookstores: $96.00
New to this Edition

Updates to the fifth edition include:

  • expanded treatment of both legal and social-scientific approaches to the Court’s decision-making;
  • a new section on student rights with an excerpt from Morse v. Frederick;
  • increased coverage of hateful and offensive speech with an excerpt from Snyder v. Phelps;
  • a new section on voter identification with an excerpt from Crawford v. Marion County Election Board;
  • updated discussion of campaign reform legislation with an excerpt from the controversial Citizens United v. FEC decision.
Previous Editions
4th Edition ©2009
3rd Edition ©2005
2nd Edition ©2000

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Testimonials
"Epstein and Walker's Constitutional Law for a Changing America: A Short Course is a must use text for any course on the Supreme Court and Constitutional Law. Although the text is both academically rigorous and informative, my students look forward to reading each chapter as the authors take complex topics of Constitutional Law and make them easily accessible to every level. From topics ranging from state sovereignty to civil rights, Epstein and Walker's Short Course engages its readers and challenges them to think critically about the topic at hand and how it relates to modern issues. A Short Course is the most comprehensive text on Constitutional Law, and a student favorite." - Joshua Meddaugh, University at Buffalo, SUNY

"Teaching courses in American constitutional law and civil rights and liberties for many years, I am constantly on the lookout for new texts. None has surpassed the quality of works by professors Epstein and Walker. Their selection of cases, providing concise excerpts, and most importantly, offering insightful commentary, is extraordinary. Keep those new editions coming!" - Kenneth Mott, Gettysburg College

"As a political scientist teaching constitutional law within the discipline, it is vital to have a text that not only approaches the subject from the perspective of legal doctrine, but also encourages students to consider cases and judicial decision-making within the context of our larger social and political system. Constitutional Law for a Changing America provides this approach, in an accessible format that offers the perfect balance of edited opinions, historical narration, and thoughtful analysis." - Angela G. Narasimhan, Idaho State University
Bio(s)
Lee Epstein, University of Southern California, School of Law
Lee Epstein is Provost Professor of Law & Political Science and Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law at the University of Southern California.. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She is author, coauthor, or editor of fifteen books, including The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 5th edition, with Jeffrey A. Segal, Harold J. Spaeth, and Thomas G. Walker; Courts, Judges, and Politics, 6th edition, with Walter F. Murphy, C. Herman Pritchett, and Jack Knight; and Advice and Consent: The Politics of Judicial Appointments, with Jeffrey A. Segal. Her most recent book is The Behavior of Federal Judges: A Theoretical and Empirical Study of Rational Choice (2012), with William M. Landes and Richard A. Posner.

Thomas G. Walker, Emory University
Thomas G. Walker is Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University, where he has won several teaching awards for his courses on constitu¬tional law and the judicial process. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. His book, A Court Divided, written with Deborah J. Barrow, won the prestigious V. O. Key Award for the best book on southern politics. He is coauthor of The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 5th edition (2012), with Lee Epstein, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Harold J. Spaeth, and author of Eligible for Execution (2009).
Ancillaries

Online case archive at CLCA.CQPRESS.COM
With more than 400 supplemental cases that are mentioned or referenced in the text’s commentary, this online archive has been compiled and edited with great care—the authors have excerpted each case in the same format as those in the text, featuring the justices’ votes, a summary of case facts, and a carefully edited version of the justices’ opinions. The authors continue to post recent cases as soon as each Supreme Court term ends, keeping this invaluable resource as current as possible. As with other editions of Constitutional Law for a Changing America, instructors and students purchasing new copies* will enjoy free access to the online Constitutional Law Case Archive.
*Students purchasing used copies may purchase Archive access for a nominal fee.

Instructor’s Resources at CLCA.CQPRESS.COM
Created by Timothy Johnson at the University of Minnesota, instructor’s resources include helpful case briefs and a wealth of test questions—including multiple choice, essay, and hypothetical. Instructors will also find a new test bank specific to the Short Course edition.

Click here to access Case Archve and Instructor's Resources. 

Sample Pages
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