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Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking

Seventh Edition

Paul Brest
Professor Emeritus (active), Stanford Law School

Sanford Levinson
University of Texas Law School

Jack M. Balkin
Yale Law School

Akhil Reed Amar
Yale Law School

Reva B. Siegel
Yale Law School

2018. 1,856 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-8749-2. 

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About the Book

In Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking, an extraordinary team of authors traces the historical, political, and social development of constitutional law. Students will consider constitutional questions in a broad historical context, with cutting-edge insights from contemporary scholars. This book has been updated to include all new developments in the field, and delivers strong chapters on the constitutional treatment of sex equality, race, civil rights, separation of powers, and federalism.


Hallmark features of Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking: Cases and Materials:

  • Traces the historical, political, and social development of constitutional law, then considers constitutional questions in a broad historical context
  • Considers constitutional questions in a broad historical context
  • Presents cutting-edge contributions from important contemporary legal scholars
  • Discusses seminal cases from the annals of history that show the relevance of historical materials to modern constitutional analysis
  • Provides full treatment of the important issues of civil rights, federalism, and separation of powers
  • Draws on the combined expertise of an outstanding author team
  • Contains particularly strong chapters on the constitutional treatment of sex equality and race


Thoroughly updated, the Seventh Edition presents:

  • Obergefell v. Hodges - Same-Sex Marriage
  • Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt – Abortion Regulation
  • Zivotofsky v. Kerry – Presidential Power
  • Fisher v. University of Texas – Affirmative Action
  • New Discussion of Cooperative Federalism
  • Sessions v. Morales–Santana – Sex Equality

Preface / Sample Chapters