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Constitutional Powers and Politics: How Citizens Think about Authority and Institutional Change (Constitutionalism and Democracy)

Constitutional Powers and Politics: How Citizens Think about Authority and Institutional Change (Constitutionalism and Democracy)

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Publication Date: October 25th, 2023
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
ISBN:
9780813950204
Pages:
258
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Description

The relationship between public opinion and the actions of institutions such as the Supreme Court has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. In this timely book, Eileen Braman explores how American citizens think about government across all three branches, applying a rigorous political scientific methodology to explore why citizens may support potentially risky changes to our governing system.

As Braman highlights, Americans value institutions that they perceive as delivering personal and societal gains, and citizens who see these institutions as delivering potential losses are more supportive of fundamental constitutional change. In the face of growing resentment of government and recurring warnings of constitutional crisis, Braman offers a hopeful note: her findings suggest that politicians can channel discontent toward meaningful reform and the healthy evolution of our democratic system.

About the Author

Eileen Braman is Associate Professor of Political Science at Indiana University and the author of Law, Politics, and Perception: How Policy Preferences Influence Legal Reasoning (Virginia).