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Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. His most recent book, edited with Reva Siegel, is The Constitution in 2020.
Not much. An activist Supreme Court may strike down laws, but it can also give them political legitimacy.
Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court by James MacGregor Burns, Penguin Press, 326 pages, $27.95