CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Nixon, the Supreme Court, and the Politics of Electoral Realignment

Department

Department of History and Political Science

Publication Date

12-2012

Publication Title

Reviews in American History

ISSN

0048-7511

Volume

40

Issue/No.

4

First Page

705

Last Page

710

Abstract

Excerpt

For a president, appointing a Supreme Court justice can be a transcendent act—a defining moment that, almost more than any other single decision he will make while in office, establishes his presidency’s legacy. Presidents, after all, only have a limited time in office during which they can devise their social, economic, and political vision and try to shape the future; by contrast, the Justices they appoint to the Supreme Court can and do shape that future for a generation through their judicial votes and opinions.

DOI

10.1353/rah.2012.0089

Peer Reviewed

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