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John Paul Stevens and the Constitution

by Robert Sickels Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

A good pragmatist's constitutional theory is inseparable from the legal disputes out of which it arises. John Paul Stevens's theory, that of deciding individual cases well instead of applying constitutional...


The Origins of Federal Support for Higher Education

by Roger L. Williams Penn State University Press (July 15, 1991)

The Origins of Federal Support for Higher Education revises the traditional interpretation of the land-grant college movement, whose institutions were brought into being by the 1862 Morrill Act to provide for...


In a Rebellious Spirit

by John P. Reid Penn State University Press (January 01, 1979)

A fresh view of the legal arguments leading to the American Revolution, this book argues that rebellious acts called "lawless" mob action by British authorities were sanctioned by "whig law" in the eyes of the...


Use of Force

by Arthur Mark Weisburd Penn State University Press (April 04, 1997)

This book is among the few to develop in detail the proposition that international law on the subject of interstate force is better derived from practice than from treaties. Mark Weisburd assembles here a broad...


Care Work and Class

by Merike Blofield Penn State University Press (April 10, 2012)

Despite constitutions that enshrine equality, until recently every state in Latin America permitted longer working hours (in some cases more than double the hours) and lower benefits for domestic workers than...


Tax Evasion and the Rule of Law in Latin America

by Marcelo Bergman Penn State University Press (November 20, 2009)

Few tasks are as crucial for the future of democracy in Latin America—and, indeed, in other underdeveloped areas of the world—as strengthening the rule of law and reforming the system of taxation.

In this...


Too Young to Run?

by John Seery Penn State University Press (May 12, 2011)

Under the Constitution of the United States, those with political ambitions who aspire to serve in the federal government must be at least twenty-five to qualify for membership in the House of Representatives,...


Restoring Democracy to America

by John F. M. McDermott Penn State University Press (December 13, 2010)

If the current economic malaise accomplishes nothing else, it should help awaken us all to the realization that our country has been on a path of self-destructive behavior for several decades—a reversal of...


Privacy Rights

by Adam D. Moore Penn State University Press (June 10, 2010)

We all know that Google stores huge amounts of information about everyone who uses its search tools, that Amazon can recommend new books to us based on our past purchases, and that the U.S. government engaged...


Post-transitional Justice

by Cath Collins Penn State University Press (July 30, 2010)

Latin America is still dealing with the legacy of terror and torture from its authoritarian past. In the years after the restoration of democratic governments in countries where violations of human rights were...


An Entrenched Legacy

by Patrick M. Garry Penn State University Press (November 22, 2007)

An Entrenched Legacy takes a fresh look at the role of the Supreme Court in our modern constitutional system. Although criticisms of judicial power today often attribute its rise to the activism of justices...


Vulnerability and Human Rights

by Bryan S. Turner Penn State University Press (August 10, 2006)

The mass violence of the twentieth century’s two world wars—followed more recently by decentralized and privatized warfare, manifested in terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and other localized forms of killing—has...