"Law and Politics on the U.S. Supreme Court" a book lecture for `The Constrained Court: Law, Politics, and the Decisions Justices Make' by Michael A. Bailey & Forrest Maltzman. 

 The U.S. Supreme Court has yet again inserted itself in the heart of domestic policymaking with its recent decision to review Obama’s health care law.  How should we understand the Court’s involvement?  Are justices more or less unconstrained policymakers, as many have come to believe?  Or are justices subject to legal and political constraints?  Bailey and Maltzman present new evidence that legal and political constraints do in fact matter, albeit in an often idiosyncratic manner.  Understanding how law and politics interact in the construction of American law sheds new light on the unique role that the Supreme Court plays in the constitutional order.