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Major Decisions and Developments of the US Supreme Court

  • David Klein
  • Morgan Marietta


  • Offers a big-picture overview of the key cases of the Supreme Court's 2018 term

  • Explains each ruling in a manner accessible to students, scholars, and general readers without deep background in constitutional law

  • Considers the political ramifications of the major rulings for public policy, the constitutional debate, or partisan politics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Alex Keena, Michael Latner, Anthony J. McGann, Charles Anthony Smith
    Pages 25-37
  3. Anthony A. Peacock
    Pages 75-87
  4. Morgan Marietta
    Pages 89-98
  5. Carol Nackenoff, Gilbert Orbea
    Pages 99-109
  6. Morgan Marietta
    Pages 111-124
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 143-146

About this book


Each year, the Supreme Court of the United States announces new rulings with deep consequences for our lives. This inaugural volume in Palgrave’s new SCOTUS series describes, explains, and contextualizes the landmark cases of the US Supreme Court in the term ending in 2018, covering issues such as gay rights, religious liberty, public sector unions, coerced speech, digital privacy, voting rights, and the Trump travel ban. Bringing together notable scholars of the Court in one volume, the chapters in Scotus 2018present the details of each ruling in its specific case, its meaning for constitutional debate, and its impact on public policy or partisan politics. Finally, SCOTUS 2018 offers a big-picture look at Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first full term in office, the legal and political legacy of former Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the controversial nomination and confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.


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Editors and affiliations

  • David Klein
    • 1
  • Morgan Marietta
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceEastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of Massachusetts LowellLowellUSA

About the editors

David Klein is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University, USA.

Morgan Marietta is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA.

Bibliographic information


“Not only do SCOTUS 2018 and SCOTUS 2019 concisely present and discuss major Supreme Court rulings, they also provide very accessible discussions of very complicated and timely issues. These volumes are great for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Court and the impact this institution has on American politics.” (Alison Merrill, Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 30 (5), June, 2020)