The author did not greatly rely on archived information; archived information on documentary history of conservative legal movement is very little. Using available archival data to explain the inner life of conservative movement, the author examine how groups and foundations promoted conservative ideologies and established a strong network to dismantle the legal liberalism dominance from American legal institutions. The methodology that Teles uses is somehow reliable and validity given that he mostly relied on archived data and personal interviews. Although to some extent, people may exaggerate information in order to favor one side. Although the author used archived data to write about the battle for legal system, this data was not well suited because there is limited information that is documented that talks about this movement. However, the employment of other methods such as interviews with conservative figures was reliable because they narrated to the author what they experienced because of their actions to challenge liberalists. It gave chronology of events and how they happened. Relying on key figures, journals and political articles, the author has produced in-depth study of the conservative legal movement. In his argument, the author stresses that the conservative legal movement grew from trial and error rather than a rational plan and strategy that worked for them. He outlines the reality, not of organized plan and strategy implemented but of political and individual entrepreneurs learning from trial and error method to attain their goal. The conservative figures were arguing that the liberal were dominating law institutions in America, which gave them much power. From this perspective, it is clear that the main aim of this movement was to limit...
The author greatly relied on the resource materials from federalist society, Olin foundation, and institute for justice, law economics, and centre for individual rights to examine the conservative’s movements in American society. In addition, he conducted extensive interviews with Supreme Court judges, conservative figures, and law enforcers to explain how the Liberalists dominated the judicial system in America.
The methodology that Teles uses is somehow reliable and validity given that he mostly relied on archived data and personal interviews.
The author does not condone what he refers to as “myth of diabolical competence”- the idea that players involved in the American conservative movement at the time had a plan that they successfully implemented without a problem. The American conservatives faced many problems and difficulties due to their close interaction or association with business leaders in America. American conservative activists are seen as having vague relationship with businesses or corporate. They heavily relied on business funding and support but on the other hand, they advocated or rooted for a free enterprise that posed a great threat to the existing commercial interests.
This book has much to give to those who wish to develop their intellectual advocacy through the establishment of interest groups such as think tanks. It gives an insightful assessment of the consequence of conservative legal movement and is very keen not to suggest unnecessary influence to conservative legal movement in America.