The New Originalism
Keith E. Whittington
Princeton University - Department of Politics
Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 2, 2004
New originalist theories of judicial review and constitutional interpretation that have emerged since the 1980s can be distinguished from an older set of theories that were predominant in the 1970s and 1980s. This article distinguishes these older and newer versions of originalism and places them within their intellectual and political contexts. Whereas the old originalism developed largely to serve as the basis for criticizing the constitutional doctrine developed by the Warren and early Burger Courts, the new originalism has developed with the Rehnquist Court in mind and is less concerned with criticizing judicial review than with guiding it.
Keywords: original intent, constitutional theory, judicial review, Rehnquist
JEL Classification: K00
Date posted: June 23, 2004
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