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By Rebecca E Zietlow

In Enforcing Equality, Rebecca E. Zietlow assesses Congress's ancient function in studying the structure and holding the person rights of electorate, provocatively not easy traditional knowledge that courts, no longer legislatures, are most fitted for this role.

Specifically targeting what she calls “rights of belonging”—a set of optimistic entitlements which are essential to ascertain inclusion, participation, and equivalent club in varied communities—Zietlow examines 3 historic eras: Reconstruction, the hot Deal period, and Civil Rights period of the Nineteen Sixties. She unearths that during those key classes while rights of belonging have been contested and outlined, Congress has performed the position of protector of rights a minimum of as frequently because the ideal courtroom has followed this function. Enforcing Equality additionally engages in a worldly theoretical research of Congress as a protector of rights, evaluating the institutional strengths and weaknesses of Congress and the courts as protectors of the rights of belonging.

With the hot new appointments to the very best courtroom and Congressional elections in November 2006, this well timed booklet argues that specific rights are most sensible enforced by way of the political approach simply because they show the values of our nationwide neighborhood, and as such, litigation is not any alternative for collective political action.

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