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Constitutional democracy : creating and maintaining a just political order

Constitutional democracy : creating and maintaining a just political order

Author: Walter F Murphy
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
Series: Johns Hopkins series in constitutional thought.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Constitutional democracy is a political hybrid, the product of an uneasy union between, on the one hand, the normative theories of constitutionalism and democracy and, on the other, the desire to live under what James Madison called "free government." In this engaging and provocative work, Walter F. Murphy combines a lifetime's study of constitutions and democracy with traditional storytelling to answer fundamental  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter F Murphy
ISBN: 0801884705 9780801884702 9780801891076 0801891078
OCLC Number: 63703803
Awards: Winner of PROSE Award for Best Book in Social Sciences 2007 (United States)
Winner of PROSE Award for Best Book in Anthropology, Criminology, and Sociology 2007 (United States)
Description: xviii, 547 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Creating a constitutional democracy. Values, interest, and goals --
Alternative political systems --
Alternative political systems : the debate --
The possibility of constitutional democracy --
To draft or not to draft a constitutional text --
Drafting I : the shape of the constitution --
Drafting 2 : the judiciary --
Drafting 3 : A bill of rights --
Drafting 4 : special cases --
Maintaining a constitutional democracy. Creating citizens --
Military and security forces --
Rebuilding the machinery of state : the bureaucracies --
Dealing with deposed despots --
Constitutional interpretation as constitutional maintenance --
Constitutional change and its limits.
Series Title: Johns Hopkins series in constitutional thought.
Responsibility: Walter F. Murphy.
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Murphy then offers an expository analysis of constitutional maintenance, adaptation, and, essentially, constitutional change.  Read more...


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This is a significant, impressive work of constitutional theory in its largest and most important sense. Choice 2007 The phrase 'instant classic' may be an oxymoron, but if it can be fairly applied Read more...

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