Between Law and Politics : The Solicitor General and the Structuring of Race, Gender and Reproductive Rights Litigation
At the intersection of law and politics stands the U.S. solicitor general. Although even the informed public rarely thinks of the solicitor general in relation to the major issues that have challenged American society, this office actually has considerable control over the cases the Supreme Court addresses. To bring the Office of Solicitor General (OSG) out of the shadows and into the clear light of public attention Between Law and Politics looks at three hotly contested policy areas - race, gender, and reproductive rights - to see how the office balances the goals of the president, Congress, and the Supreme Court. Using intervlews with solicitors general and their staffs, as well as members of the Department of Justice and others, and analyzing Supreme Court cases beginning with the Truman administration, Richard Pacelle, Jr., shows how the OSG balances the competing forces in its environment. This detailed and systematic study will be of great interest to those who study the Supreme Court, the presidency, and public policy.
- Hardback | 342 pages
- 158 x 242 x 32mm | 721.21g
- 31 Mar 2003
- Texas A & M University Press
- College Station, United States
- 13 figures, 14 tables, bibliography, index
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"Both the strength of the underlying research and the clarity of the writing make this book a very interesting read." - Austin Sarat, Amherst College
About Richard Pacelle
Richard Pacelle is an associate professor of political science and legal studies coordinator at the University of Missouri--Saint Louis. A specialist in judicial politics, he has authored two books and a number of articles on the U.S. Supreme Court. He holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.