Book Review: Larry D. Kramer's 'The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review'

3 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2010 Last revised: 29 Aug 2019

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Michael Serota

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Academy for Justice

Date Written: May 27, 2010

Abstract

Larry Kramer’s The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review (“The People”) provides a provocative account of the historical development of judicial review filtered through the lens of "Popular Constitutionalism," or popular sovereignty. In so doing, The People makes the case for eliminating the Supreme Court’s final interpretive authority over the Constitution by adding a fourth and final tier of review by the American public. Kramer argues that this correction is vital because it would allow the public to reclaim its diminishing role in the constitutional process.

Keywords: Constitutional Law, Judicial Review, Book Review

Suggested Citation

Serota, Michael Eli, Book Review: Larry D. Kramer's 'The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review' (May 27, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1617341

Michael Eli Serota (Contact Author)

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ
United States

Academy for Justice ( email )

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