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The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court

Fifteenth Edition

November 2023 | 296 pages | CQ Press
In The Supreme Court, Lawrence Baum provides a brief yet comprehensive introduction to the U.S. Supreme Court, one that is balanced and illuminating. In successive chapters, the book examines each major aspect of the Court: the selection, backgrounds, and departures of justices; the creation of the Court's agenda; the decision-making process and the factors that shape the Court's decisions; the substance of the Court's policies; and the Court's impact on government and American society.

Describing the Court's personalities and procedures, and delving deeply to explain the actions of the Court and the behavior of justices, Baum shows students the Court's complexity and reach. Tables and figures, plus a lively photo program, make this one of the most engaging books available. It is simply the standard.
Chapter 1 • The Court
Chapter 2 • The Justices
Chapter 3 • The Cases
Chapter 4 • Decision Making
Chapter 5 • Policy Outputs
Chapter 6 • The Court’s Impact
Glossary of Legal Terms
Selected Bibliography
Sources on the Web
Case Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch01_The Court

Ch02_The Justices