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Bush v. GoreThe Question of Legitimacy$
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Bruce Ackerman

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093797

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093797.001.0001

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Introduction: The Question of Legitimacy

Introduction: The Question of Legitimacy

(p.vii) Introduction: The Question of Legitimacy
Bush v. Gore

Bruce Ackerman

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter begins with brief discussions of the constitutional crisis generated by the machinery of government itself, and the potential impact of the decision in Bush v. Gore. It then provides an overview of the subsequent chapters. The book is divided into two parts. Part One focuses on a tightly interconnected set of questions: Does Bush v. Gore have a solid—or even plausible—foundation in legal principle? If not, how are we to reestablish the nation's confidence in the rule of law? Part Two confronts this legalistic focus with a series of political issues.

Keywords:   government, constitutional crisis, George W. Bush, Al Gore, Supreme Court

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