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The partial Constitution

Author: Cass R Sunstein
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993.
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American constitutional law is at a crossroads. In a major new interpretation of the Constitution, Cass Sunstein offers a clear account of our present dilemmas and shows where we might go from here.
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Sunstein, Cass R.
Partial Constitution.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)756454949
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Cass R Sunstein
ISBN: 0674654781 9780674654785
OCLC Number: 26719766
Description: vi, 414 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. In General. 1. A Republic of Reasons. 2. The Revolution of 1937. 3. Status Quo Neutrality in Contemporary Law. 4. Interpreting the Constitution: Method. 5. Interpreting the Constitution: Substance. 6. Democracy, Aspirations, Preferences --
pt. II. Applications. 7. Speech in the Welfare State: A New Deal for Speech. 8. Speech in the Welfare State: The Primacy of Political Deliberation. 9. Pornography, Abortion, Surrogacy. 10. "It's the Government's Money": Funding Speech, Education, and Reproduction. 11. The Limits of Compensatory Justice --
Conclusion: The Impartial Constitution.
Responsibility: Cass R. Sunstein.
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