Chapter

Super Precedent

Michael J. Gerhardt

in The Power of Precedent

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195150506
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871131 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150506.003.0007
Super Precedent

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This chapter examines the relatively rare, though highly significant circumstances in which precedents are practically immune to reconsideration or reversal. After reviewing the basic features that super precedents share, it examines whether specific precedents, such as Roe v. Wade, have these features. It concludes with an examination of the ramifications of super precedent for both constitutional theory and Supreme Court selection.

Keywords: precedent; super precedent; Constitutional law; Constitutional theory; Supreme Court

Chapter.  8461 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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