Prominent constitutional scholar Christopher Wolfe challenges popular opinions by presenting an insightful and well-supported defense of originalist interpretations of the Constitution. He describes the traditional approach to constitutional interpretation and judicial review and then focuses his analysis on the due process clause, which has become the source of most modern constitutional law. Wolfe challenges the most influential defenders of judicial activism, including Laurence Tribe, Michael Dorf, Harry Wellington, and Mark Tushnet, and he persuasively explains the dire political consequences of taking the Constitution out of constitutional law.
Christopher Wolfe is professor of political science at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I: The Founding and Constitutional Interpretation Chapter 4 How to Read and Interpret the Constitution Chapter 5 The Original Meaning of the Due Process Clause Chapter 6 Between Scylla and Charybdis: Powell and Berger on the Framers and Original Intention Part 7 Part II: Twentieth-Century Judicial Power: Practice and Theory Chapter 8 How the Constitution Was Taken Out of Constitutional Law Chapter 9 The Result-Oriented Adjudicator's Guide to Constitutional, Law I: Laurence Tribe and Michael Dorf Chapter 10 Law II: Harry Wellington Chapter 11 Grand Theories and Ambiguous Republican Critique: Mark Tushnet on Contemporary Constitutional Law Chapter 12 Constitutional Interpretation and Precedent Chapter 13 Notes Chapter 14 Index