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The Constitution of the United States of America : a contextual analysis

Author: Mark V Tushnet
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; Portland, Or. : Hart, 2009.
Series: Constitutional systems of the world, v. 2.
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This book provides a critical introduction to the history and current meaning of the United States' Constitution. It is organised around two themes: Firstly, the U.S. Constitution is old, short, and difficult to amend. These characteristics have made constitutional 'interpretation', especially by the U.S. Supreme Court, the primary mechanism for adapting the Constitution to ever-changing reality. Secondly, the  Read more...
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Tushnet, Mark V., 1945-
Constitution of the United States of America.
Oxford ; Portland, Or. : Hart, 2009
(OCoLC)657303151
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark V Tushnet
ISBN: 9781841137384 1841137383
OCLC Number: 225443309
Description: xvii, 296 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. An overview of the history of the US Constitution. From the revolution to the Bill of Rights --
The early national period --
The crisis over slavery and the Civil War --
The late nineteenth century and the growth of the modern state --
The New Deal crisis and the new constitutional regime --
From the Reagan revolution to the present --
2. The constitutional politics of the legislative branch. Congress: its basic structure and roles --
The American party system --
Political parties and the written constitution --
Conduct of elections --
Legislative districting and gerrymandering --
Candidate selection and gerrymandering --
Campaign financing --
Constitutional politics within Congress --
3. The constitutional politics of the executive branch. The president as party leader --
The president's role in legislation --
The unitary executive and the modern administrative state --
The unitary executive in foreign affairs --
4. The constitutional politics of the judicial branch. Judicial selection --
Judicial review and judicial supremacy --
Political constraints on the jurisdiction of the federal courts --
Doctrinal constraints on the jurisdiction of the federal courts --
Standing --
5. Federalism and the reach of national power. State governments and the US constitution --
The emergence of plenary national power --
The so-called 'federalism revolution' of the 1990s --
Federalism and the spending power --
6. Individual rights under the Constitution. The starting point --
Pragmatic and realist critiques --
The New Deal reconstruction --
The emergence of modern liberalism: autonomy and accommodation --
Lawyers and rights litigation: the development of support structures --
Political parties and social movements --
Constitutional rights at century's end --
7. The processes of constitutional change. Formal amendments --
Substance --
Constitutional interpretation as a mechanism of constitutional change --
Interpretive methods: an introduction --
Constitutional moments and constitutional change --
Constitutional moments.
Series Title: Constitutional systems of the world, v. 2.
Responsibility: Mark Tushnet.

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