The Hollow Hope

The Hollow Hope

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In follow-up studies, dozens of reviews, and even a book of essays evaluating his conclusions, Gerald Rosenberga€™s criticsa€”not to mention his supportersa€”have spent nearly two decades debating the arguments he first put forward in The Hollow Hope. With this substantially expanded second edition of his landmark work, Rosenberg himself steps back into the fray, responding to criticism and adding chapters on the same-sex marriage battle that ask anew whether courts can spur political and social reform. Finding that the answer is still a resounding no, Rosenberg reaffirms his powerful contention that ita€™s nearly impossible to generate significant reforms through litigation. The reason? American courts are ineffective and relatively weaka€”far from the uniquely powerful sources for change theya€™re often portrayed as. Rosenberg supports this claim by documenting the direct and secondary effects of key court decisionsa€”particularly Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade. He reveals, for example, that Congress, the White House, and a determined civil rights movement did far more than Brown to advance desegregation, while pro-choice activists invested too much in Roe at the expense of political mobilization. Further illuminating these cases, as well as the ongoing fight for same-sex marriage rights, Rosenberg also marshals impressive evidence to overturn the common assumption that even unsuccessful litigation can advance a cause by raising its profile. Directly addressing its critics in a new conclusion, The Hollow Hope, Second Edition promises to reignite for a new generation the national debate it sparked seventeen years ago.29 Studies from Connecticut, Ohio, and Vermont have produced similar findings. 30 These findings can be explained, in part, by the discrimination that ... In addition, courts seldom order alimony, and child support, when ordered, is insufficient and seldom paid in full. ... As McLindon puts it, aquot;by any measure, men emerge from their divorces in far better economic shape than their wives doaquot; ( McLindon 1987, 391) ... Percentage calculated from figures in Gelb and Palley ( 1987, 188).

Title:The Hollow Hope
Author:Gerald N. Rosenberg
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2008-09-15


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