Justice Antonin Scalia and the Supreme Court's Conservative Moment

by Christopher Smith

This book analyzes why the Rehnquist Court never fulfilled expectations for the reversal of liberal judicial decisions from the Warren and Burger Courts. At its conservative high point in 1991-1992 the Supreme Court was dominated by seven justices who had dependably conservative voting records over the course of their early careers. Five of these justices were appointed in the 1980s and early 1990s by Reagan and Bush, presidents who made concerted efforts to appoint judicial officers who would undo liberal precedents. This is the first book to focus on scholars' growing recognition that the Rehnquist Court has not been as conservative as most presumed it would be. In focusing on Justice Antonin Scalia, whose role inadvertently contributed to the Court's failure to achieve conservative goals, the study examines how individual justices can affect Supreme Court decisions through their judicial behavior.

  • ABC-CLIO; October 1993
  • ISBN: 9780313388903
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  • Title: Justice Antonin Scalia and the Supreme Court's Conservative Moment
  • Author: Christopher Smith
  • Imprint: Praeger

About The Author

CHRISTOPHER E. SMITH is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron. He is the author of six books, including most recently Critical Judicial Nominations and Political Change: The Impact of Clarence Thomas (Praeger, 1993).