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A Mere MachineThe Supreme Court, Congress, and American Democracy$
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Anna Harvey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300171112

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300171112.001.0001

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The Supreme Court, Congress, and American Democracy

The Supreme Court, Congress, and American Democracy

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A Mere Machine

Anna Harvey

Yale University Press

This first chapter looks at the issues the book aims to address. The book hopes to interrogate the premise of an independent federal judiciary in the United States, focusing on the Supreme Court's constitutional rulings on federal statutes between 1953 and 2004. The chapter asks: how independent are the federal courts of the United States? It also questions whether having independent federal courts is desirable. That the modern Supreme Court of the United States appears to defer to majorities in the House of Representatives in cases involving federal judicial review does not necessarily tell us whether such deference is a good or a bad thing.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, federal courts, House of Representatives, deference, federal judiciary

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