Jesse Choper’s powerful Judicial Review and the National Political Process available as an eBook

As constitutional scholar John Nowak noted when this classic book was first published, “Professor Choper’s Judicial Review and the National Political Process is mandatory reading for anyone seriously attempting to study our constitutional system of government. It is an important assessment of the democratic process and the theoretical and practical role of the Supreme Court.”

That view is no less true today, as borne out by the countless citations to this landmark work over the decades. It is simply part of the foundational canon of constitutional law and political theory, an essential part of the library of scholars, students, and educated readers interested in considering the hard choices inherent in what the courts should decide and how they should decide them.

Jesse Choper takes seriously the challenging idea that many political questions should not be subject to judicial review at all, but rather should be left to the other branches or to the federalist system to work out. Exploring the pragmatic and democratic reasons to reconsider Supreme Court power over constitutional infighting among national branches or between the state and national governments, he lays out a vision of efficacy and modesty in the Court’s reach that has influenced legal scholarship for a generation. The book also received the Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award.

A classic, fascinating study written by one of the nation’s most cited and honored constitutional scholars, this book is accessible and clear to many readers everywhere and is not written exclusively for, or understandable by, just lawyers or scholars. It republishes in modern formats an important book published in 1983 by the University of Chicago Press. New ebook edition contains linked notes, active and detailed Contents, and even a linked Index and Table of Cases, using detailed pagination from the print edition to facilitate continuity of referencing and ready navigation within the ebook.

Available in quality ebook editions:

Amazon for Kindle.

Barnes & Noble for Nook.

At Apple iBooks and iTunes bookstores, as previewed online here.

At Google Play (for Nexus and similar devices), as with all of our titles. More generally at Google Books.

Also found in ePUB format at Smashwords. And at Diesel e-books and Kobobooks, as well as other book retail sites.


Jesse H. Choper is the Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He served as law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the U.S. Supreme Court following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 1957 to 1960, and at the University of Minnesota Law School from 1961 to 1965. He joined the Berkeley law faculty in 1965 and was the dean from 1982-1992. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Fordham, University of Milan, Free University in Amsterdam, Autonoma University in Barcelona, University of New South Wales, University of Lucerne, and Catholic University of Portugal.

From 1979 to 1998, Choper was one of the three major lecturers at U.S. Law Week’s Annual Constitutional Law Conference in Washington, D.C. He has delivered 20 titled lectures at major universities throughout the country, including the Cooley Lectures at Michigan, the Stevens Lecture at Cornell, the Baum Lecture at Illinois, and the Lockhart Lecture at Minnesota. He has served on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools, and on the executive council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (of which he has been vice president for the last ten years). He was national president of the Order of the Coif and is a member of the American Law Institute. In 1998 he received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award and the Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction in 2006. In 2005 the Boalt Hall Alumni Association presented Choper with the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award and the University of Pennsylvania Law School gave him the James Wilson Award, its highest award for alumni. Choper’s other major publications include the book Securing Religious Liberty, which is republished as a new Quid Pro ebook here.


Judicial Review and the National Political Process: A Functional Reconsideration of the Role of the Supreme Court

ISBN 978-1-61027-171-4 (eBook)
ASIN B00CV85EPU  (Kindle)

$8.99 US
494 pp.