The Price of Rights

The Courts, Government Largesse, and Fundamental Liberties

by Daniel C. Kramer (Author)
Textbook VII, 216 Pages


To paraphrase the Book of Job, ‘the state giveth and the state taketh away’. American government gives its citizens benefits such as Social Security, college scholarships, tax breaks, and licenses. But what do the courts do when it ‘taketh away’ these boons from individuals who criticize it bitterly or refuse to work on their holy day? The Price of Rights addresses the problem of how the judiciary reacts when a generous polity denies its bounty to people exercising their fundamental rights – an issue frequently ignored in college and law school civil liberties classes. Thus this book will be a valuable supplement for students taking such courses and should interest anyone desirous of safeguarding our Bill of Rights.


VII, 216
ISBN (Book)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2004. VII, 216 pp.

Biographical notes

Daniel C. Kramer (Author)

The Author: Daniel C. Kramer is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. He has written five previous books and many articles in the areas of public policy and American and comparative constitutional law.


Title: The Price of Rights