In A Living Constitution or Fundamental Law?, distinguished scholar Herman Belz considers the concept of constitutionalism as the subject matter of constitutional history. Belz argues that the study of constitutionalism should be interdisciplinary, requiring the insights and methods of history, political science, and jurisprudence. Belz illuminates the evolution of American constitutionalism across the span of American history, from the Founding to Reconstruction to the Cold War and the rise of the bureaucratic state in the 1980s.
Belz's highly readable and intelligent examination of the shifting meanings attached to constitutions demonstrates that the study of them has changed from 1787 through the Progressive Era, into World War II, and in the latter half of the 20th century. . . .A solid addition to collections on American History and constitutional law.--D. Schultz, University of Wisconsin--River Falls "CHOICE, Vol. 36, No. 7 "
Chapter 1 Introduction: Written Constitutionalism as the American Project Chapter 2 Constitutionalism and the American Founding Chapter 3 Constitutional Realism in the Gilded Age Chapter 4 The Critique of Constitutionalism in the Progressive Era Chapter 5 Andrew C. McLaughlin and the Defense of Constitutionalism Chapter 6 Changing Conceptions of Constitutionalism in the Era of World War II and the Cold War Chapter 7 The New Left Attack on Constitutionalism Chapter 8 Bureaucracy and Constitutionalism Chapter 9 Constitutional and Legal History in the 1980s: Reflections on American Constitutionalism Chapter 10 History, Theory and the Constitution Chapter 11 The Originalist Challenge to the Living Constitution Chapter 12 Index
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28th January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 14.88
Weight (kg): 0.39