Book Review: Parties, Politics, and the Constitution: A Review of Tushnet’s Why the Constitution Matters

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  1. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    Thanks for the thoughtful and interesting review.

    It sounds like, despite its title, the book is not really about “Why the Constitution Matters,” but some ways the Supreme Court matters and, surprisingly, does not matter. After all, the book never seems to analyze other branches of government, looks only at parts of the Constitution, and, despite obsessing with the Court, does not discuss the vast majority of its docket which has nothing to do with either the Constitution or politics. Makes one wonder whether editors rather than author gave the book its title, perhaps to fill a need for content in Yale’s “Why X Matters.”