An introduction to the profound role that elected officials, elites, and the American people play in shaping constitutional values. This short course will examine the power of elected officials both to frame the issues before the Court and to respond to Court decisions they disapprove of. Particular attention will be paid to privacy, race, gay rights, federalism, and separation of powers. This course will also examine how it is that Supreme Court Justices are part of elite social networks and how that contributes to the growing partisan divide between Republican and Democratic appointees to the Court. Pass/Fail.