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Neoconservative Politics and the Supreme Court: Law, Power, and Democracy

Stephen M. Feldman


This book draws on neoconservative writings to explore the rise of the neocons and their influence on the Supreme Court. Neocons burst onto the political scene in the early 1980s via their assault on pluralist democracy's ethical relativism, where no pre-existing or higher principles limit the agendas of interest groups. Instead, they advocated for a resurrection of republican democracy, which declares that virtuous citizens and officials pursue the common good. Yet despite their original goals, neocons quickly became an interest group themselves, competing successfully within the pluralist de ... More

Keywords: neoconservative writings, neocons, Supreme Court, ethical relativism, republican democracy, pluralist democracy, neoconservatives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814764664
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814764664.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen M. Feldman, author