Dialogue among State Supreme Courts: Advancing State Constitutionalism

Dialogue among State Supreme Courts: Advancing State Constitutionalism
Mark W. Denniston
November 2014

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-759-0 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 222 pages

Price   $70.00


State supreme courts use state constitutional provisions to afford their citizens state constitutional rights beyond the protections that the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the U.S. Constitution to require. As state supreme courts consider expanding state constitutional rights they engage in an ongoing dialogue with their sister state supreme courts. Results indicate this dialogue amongst state supreme courts influences decisions interpreting state constitutional rights. Denniston demonstrates through analysis of state supreme court decisions and interviews with state supreme court justices the impact of this dialogue on state supreme court decision making.

About the Author

Mark W. Denniston is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Department at Weber State University. He clerked for the Iowa Supreme Court and practiced law in Iowa prior to receiving his Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research focuses on state constitutional rights, constitutional history, judicial politics, and federalism.