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State constitutional politics : governing by amendment in the American states

Author: John J Dinan
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Since the US Constitution came into force in 1789, it has been amended just twenty-seven times, with ten of those amendments coming in the first two years following ratification. By contrast, state constitutions have been completely rewritten on a regular basis, and the current documents have been amended on average 150 times. This is because federal amendments are difficult, so politicians rarely focus on enacting  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Dinan, John J.
State constitutional politics : governing by amendment in the American states.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018
(OCoLC)1005795931
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John J Dinan
ISBN: 9780226532950 022653295X
OCLC Number: 1028979773
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: State constitutional amendment processes and practices --
Institutional-authority amendments --
Rights-defining amendments --
Court-responsive amendments --
Policy-constraining amendments --
Policy-authorizing amendments --
Policy-enacting amendments --
Consequences of relying on amendments as instruments of governance.
Responsibility: John Dinan.
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Given that amending the US Constitution has become all but impossible, the real battleground these days is the states, and Dinan outlines how that process works and how groups have been using it.  Read more...

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