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Looking for rights in all the wrong places : why state constitutions contain America's positive rights

Author: Emily J Zackin
Publisher: Princeton [N.J.] : Princeton University Press, ©2013.
Series: Princeton studies in American politics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Unlike many national constitutions, which contain explicit positive rights to such things as education, a living wage, and a healthful environment, the U.S. Bill of Rights appears to contain only a long list of prohibitions on government. American constitutional rights, we are often told, protect people only from an overbearing government, but give no explicit guarantees of governmental help. Looking for Rights in  Read more...
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Zackin, Emily J., 1980-
Looking for rights in all the wrong places.
Princeton [N.J.] : Princeton University Press, ©2013
(DLC) 2012041106
(OCoLC)812614614
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Emily J Zackin
ISBN: 9781400846276 1400846277 9780691155784 069115578X
OCLC Number: 830939053
Language Note: In English.
Awards: Short-listed for "Choice"'s Outstanding Academic Titles 2014
Description: 1 online resource (250 pages).
Contents: Looking for rights in all the wrong places --
Of ski trails and state constitutions : silly details or serious principles? --
Defining positive rights --
Why write new rights? : understanding constitutional development apart from entrenchment --
Education : a long tradition of positive rights in America --
Workers' rights : constitutional protections where (and when) we would least expect them --
Environmental protection : positive constitutional rights in the late twentieth century.
Series Title: Princeton studies in American politics.
Responsibility: Emily Zackin.
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Unlike many national constitutions, which contain explicit positive rights to such things as education, a living wage, and a healthful environment, the U.S. Bill of Rights appears to contain only a long list of prohibitions on government. American constitutional rights, we are often told, protect people only from an overbearing government, but give no explicit guarantees of governmental help. Looking for Rights in All the Wrong Places argues that we have fundamentally misunderstood the American rights tradition. The United States actually has a long history of enshrining positive rights in its constitutional law, but these rights have been overlooked simply because they are not in the U.S.

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