The Progressive Struggle with Courts: A Problematic Asymmetry
The Progressives’ Century, edited by Stephen Skowronek, Stephen Engel, and Bruce Ackerman (Yale University Press) (Forthcoming)
26 Pages Posted: 22 May 2014
Date Written: May 1, 2014
In a century-long battle revolving around courts, conservatives are defenders of the rule of law, while progressives are the champions of justice. This has created an asymmetry, with conservatives occupying the high rhetorical ground and progressives struggling to square their position with the judicial duty to apply the law. This essay explores why progressives find themselves hooked on this asymmetry and what they might do to extricate themselves from it.
Keywords: Jurisprudence, Legal History, Law and Society, Law and Courts
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