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The Other Rights Revolution: Conservative Lawyers and the Remaking of American Government

Jefferson Decker


In the mid-1970s, a group of politically conservative lawyers formed a network of nonprofit, public-interest law firms and began to challenge liberal government in the courts. These attorneys tried to defend property rights, commercial use of public lands, federalism, and economic freedom by litigating cases in law. Then, during the 1980s, they worked on similar legal and policy issues within the administration of President Ronald Reagan. This book explains why conservatives expended so much political and financial capital battling the regulatory state, especially on questions of environmental ... More

Keywords: conservatism, public-interest law, property rights, lawyers, litigation, American West, public lands, environment, Ronald Reagan, regulatory state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190467302
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190467302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jefferson Decker, author
Assistant Professor of American Studies and Political Science, Rutgers University