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Constitutional Politics : Essays on Constitution Making, Maintenance, and Change - Sotirios A. Barber

Constitutional Politics

Essays on Constitution Making, Maintenance, and Change

By: Sotirios A. Barber (Editor), Robert P. George (Editor)

Paperback Published: 9th December 2001
ISBN: 9780691088693
Number Of Pages: 337

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What does it mean to have a constitution? Scholars and students associated with Walter Murphy at Princeton University have long asked this question in their exploration of constitutional politics and judicial behavior. These scholars, concerned with the making, maintenance, and deliberate change of the Constitution, have made unique and significant contributions to our understanding of American constitutional law by going against the norm of court-centered and litigation-minded research. Beginning in the late 1970s, this new wave of academics explored questions ranging from the nature of creating the U.S. Constitution to the philosophy behind amending it.

In this collection, Sotirios A. Barber and Robert P. George bring together fourteen essays by members of this Princeton group--some of the most distinguished scholars in the field. These works consider the meaning of having a constitution, the implications of particular choices in the design of constitutions, and the meaning of judicial supremacy in the interpretation of the Constitution. The overarching ambition of this collection is to awaken a constitutionalist consciousness in its readers--to view themselves as potential makers and changers of constitutions, as opposed to mere subjects of existing arrangements.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Walter F. Murphy, John E. Finn, Christopher L. Eisgruber, James E. Fleming, Jeffrey K. Tulis, Suzette Hemberger, Stephen Macedo, Sanford Levinson, H. N. Hirsch, Wayne D. Moore, Keith E. Whittington, and Mark E. Brandon.

"All essays provide interesting insight into the concepts of judicial review and judicial activism. [An] excellent book. I highly recommend it to all."--Ruth Ann Wary, Law and Politics Book Review "A provocative, enlightening, and creative study of the intricacies and fragilities of constitutionalism in the modern day."--Choice

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Alternative Political Systemsp. 9
The Civic Constitution: Some Preliminariesp. 41
Judicial Supremacy and Constitutional Distortionp. 70
We the Exceptional American Peoplep. 91
Constitution and Revolutionp. 116
What Did They Think They Were Doing When They Wrote the U.S. Constitution, and Why Should We Care?p. 128
Notes on Constitutional Maintenancep. 162
Transformative Constitutionalism and the Case of Religion: Defending the Moderate Hegemony of Liberalismp. 167
Promoting Diversity in the Public Schools (Or, to What Extent Does the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment Hinder the Establishment of More Genuinely Multicultural Schools?)p. 193
Second Thoughts on the First Amendmentp. 223
Constitutional Citizenshipp. 238
The Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacyp. 261
Constitutionalism and Constitutional Failurep. 298
Justice, Legitimacy, and Allegiance: "The End of Democracy?" Symposium Revisitedp. 314
Notes on Contributorsp. 329
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780691088693
ISBN-10: 0691088691
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 337
Published: 9th December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.44  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.49