The Political Thought of Justice Antonin Scalia explores the similarities in political and constitutional thought between Justice Antonin Scalia and Alexander Hamilton and concludes that Hamilton holds the key to understanding Justice Scalia's past, present, and future decisions. From the fundamental premises of human nature to federalism, James B. Staab uses comparisons between the two men to find the underlying judicial philosophy that connects Justice Scalia's manifold decisions.
James B. Staab is a professor of political science at the University of Central Missouri.
Chapter 0 Introduction: Scalia's Distinctive Brand of Conservatism Chapter 1. Nothing Is Easy: The Road to the Supreme Court Chapter 2. Separation of Powers and Access to Justice Chapter 3. Interbranch Conflicts Between Congress and the President Chapter 4. Executive Power Chapter 5. The "Politics" of Administration Chapter 6. The Conservative Role of Judges in a Democratic System of Government Chapter 7. The "Science" of Interpreting Texts Chapter 8. Early Hamiltonian Leanings in the Area of Federalism Chapter 9. The Transformation from a Hamiltonian to a Madisonian in Federalism Disputes Chapter 10 Conclusion: Scalia's Personality and Statesmanship