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Framed : America's 51 constitutions and the crisis of governance

Author: Sanford Levinson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2010.
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In his widely acclaimed volume Our Undemocratic Constitution, Sanford Levinson boldly argued that our Constitution should not be treated with "sanctimonious reverence," but as a badly flawed document deserving revision. Now Levinson takes us deeper, asking what were the original assumptions underlying our institutions, and whether we accept those assumptions 225 years later. In Framed, Levinson challenges our belief  Read more...
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Levinson, Sanford, 1941-
Framed.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2012001177
(OCoLC)757485615
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sanford Levinson
ISBN: 9780199890767 0199890765
OCLC Number: 780445299
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Of compromise and constitutions --
What is the pint of preambles? --
How does a "republican form of government" differ from "democracy"? --
Elections and a republican form of government --
Bicameralism --
If two opinions are good, is a third opinion (with the power of most of the time absolutely to kill the decision of the first two opinion-makers) even better? --
Presidentialism (and "gubernatorialism") --
So what, precisely, does one get, as a constitutional matter, upon being elected president? --
Presidential duration in office, the possibility of impeachment, and the role of the vice president --
Divided government --
How "independent" a judiciary do we really want? --
On the judiciary (and supreme court) as guardian of the constitution --
Federalism --
Amendment --
Emergency powers.
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In his widely acclaimed volume Our Undemocratic Constitution, Sanford Levinson boldly argued that our Constitution should not be treated with "sanctimonious reverence," but as a badly flawed document deserving revision. Now Levinson takes us deeper, asking what were the original assumptions underlying our institutions, and whether we accept those assumptions 225 years later. In Framed, Levinson challenges our belief that the most important features of our constitutions concern what rights they protect. Instead, he focuses on the fundamental procedures of governance such as congression.

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"From America's greatest revolutionary constitutionalist, a profoundly important book, that will be at the center of the next reform movement."--Lawrence Lessig, author of Republic, Lost "Anyone who Read more...

 
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