Superintending Democracy


The Courts and the Political Process

Edited by Christopher P. Banks and John C. Green

Pages: 396; Size: 6″ x 9″
Series: Law, Politics, and Society

SKU: 978-1-884836-72-5 Category: Tag:


This timely book is a diverse collection of essays by nationally recognized scholars, politicians, and lawyers that challenges the popular myth that the U.S. Supreme Court is an apolitical institution. It analyzes the manner in which the U.S. Supreme Court superintends the electoral process through its judicial decision-making.

As a provocative study of the intersection between law and politics, it considers whether the nation’s highest court, as an inherently undemocratic and “counter-majoritarian” political institution, should enter the so-called “political thicket” and decide legal disputes concerning political corruption, campaign finance, political parties, patronage, and redistricting. Because there are few books on the U.S. Supreme Court and its impact on American electoral politics, Superintending Democracy is a welcome addition to social science and legal scholarship. It is a book for political scientists, legal scholars, and students who are interested in learning about American politics, constitutional law, or the political nexus between law and courts.

About the authors

Christopher Banks

Christopher P. Banks is associate professor of political science at Kent State University. He holds a PhD from the University of Virginia and a JD from the University of Dayton School of Law. He is a member of the American Political Science Association. He is also the author of Judicial Politics in the D.C. Circuit Court.

John C. Green

John C. Green is the director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, a post he has held since 1988. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron. Dr. Green received his PhD in Political Science from Cornell University in 1983 and his BA in Economics from the University of Colorado in 1975. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Green has done extensive research on American religion and politics, political parties, and Ohio politics. He is author of The Faith Factor, coauthor of Buckeye Battleground: Ohio, Campaigns, and Elections in the Twenty-First Century, and editor of The State of the Parties, now in its seventh edition. Dr. Green is a respected analyst of American and Ohio politics, and is widely quoted in the news media.

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