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The Clamor of Lawyers

by Peter Charles Hoffer & WilliamJames Hull Hoffer Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

The Clamor of Lawyers explores a series of extended public pronouncements that British North American colonial lawyers crafted between 1761 and 1776. Most, though not all, were composed outside of the courtroom...


The Sources of Anti-Slavery Constitutionalism in America, 1760-1848

by William M. Wiecek Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

This ambitious book examines the constitutional and legal doctrines of the antislavery movement from the eve of the American Revolution to the Wilmot Proviso and the 1848 national elections. Relating political...


Equality under the Constitution

by Judith A. Baer Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

The principle of equality embedded in the Declaration of Independence and reaffirmed in the Constitution does not distinguish between individuals according to their capacities or merits. It is written into these...


The Myth of Voter Fraud

by Lorraine C. Minnite Cornell University Press

Allegations that widespread voter fraud is threatening to the integrity of American elections and American democracy itself have intensified since the disputed 2000 presidential election. The claim that elections...


Empire of Water

by David Soll Cornell University Press (March 26, 2013)

Supplying water to millions is not simply an engineering and logistical challenge. As David Soll shows in his finely observed history of the nation's largest municipal water system, the task of providing water...


Subsidizing Democracy

by Michael G. Miller Cornell University Press

In the wake of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), the case that allowed corporate and union spending in elections, many Americans despaired over the corrosive influence that private and often...


China's Water Warriors

by Andrew C. Mertha Cornell University Press

Today opponents of large-scale dam projects in China, rather than being greeted with indifference or repression, are part of the hydropower policymaking process itself. What accounts for this dramatic change...


City Bound

by Gerald E. Frug & David J. Barron Cornell University Press

Many major American cities are defying the conventional wisdom that suburbs are the communities of the future. But as these urban centers prosper, they increasingly confront significant constraints. In City...


The River Runs Black, Second Edition

by Elizabeth C. Economy Cornell University Press

China's spectacular economic growth over the past two decades has dramatically depleted the country's natural resources and produced skyrocketing rates of pollution. Environmental degradation in China has also...


Fighting Westway

by William W. Buzbee Cornell University Press (April 03, 2014)

From 1971 to 1985, battles raged over Westway, a multibillion-dollar highway, development, and park project slated for placement in New York City. It would have projected far into the Hudson River, including...


Constitutional Originalism

by Robert W. Bennett & Lawrence B. Solum Cornell University Press (May 13, 2011)

Problems of constitutional interpretation have many faces, but much of the contemporary discussion has focused on what has come to be called "originalism." The core of originalism is the belief that fidelity...


Privatizing Water

by Karen Bakker Cornell University Press

Water supply privatization was emblematic of the neoliberal turn in development policy in the 1990s. Proponents argued that the private sector could provide better services at lower costs than governments; opponents...