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America's unwritten constitution : the precedents and principles we live by

Author: Akhil Reed Amar
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Despite its venerated place atop American law and politics, our written Constitution does not enumerate all of the rules and rights, principles and procedures that actually govern modern America. The document makes no explicit mention of cherished concepts like the separation of powers and the rule of law. On some issues, the plain meaning of the text misleads. For example, the text seems to say that the vice  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Akhil Reed Amar
ISBN: 9780465029570 0465029574
OCLC Number: 778420395
Description: xvi, 615 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Reading between the lines: America's implicit Constitution --
Heeding the deed: America's enacted Constitution --
Hearing the people: America's lived Constitution --
Confronting modern case law: America's "warrented" Constitution --
Putting precedent in its place: America's doctrinal Constitution --
Honoring the icons: America's symbolic Constitution --
"Remembering the ladies" : America's feminist Constitution --
Following Washington's lead: America's "Georgian" Constitution --
Interpreting government practices: America's institutional Constitution --
Joining the party: America's partisan Constitution --
Doing the right thing: America's conscientious Constitution --
Envisioning the future: America's unfinished Constitution --
Afterward --
Appendix: America's written Constitution.
Responsibility: Akhil Reed Amar.


Presents a bold fresh vision of the American constitutional system that shows how the complementary relationship between the Constitution's written and unwritten components is one of America's  Read more...
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Washington Post "In America's Unwritten Constitution, Akhil Reed Amar aims high and has produced a masterful, readable book that constitutes one of the best, most creative treatments of the U.S. Read more...

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