Constitutional Brinksmanship

Constitutional Brinksmanship : Amending the Constitution by National Convention

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This timely work shows that state drives for a constitutional convention have occurred nearly every twenty years since the Constitution was enacted. The politics of constitutional brinksmanship between Congress and the states is deftly discussed to reveal the ongoing tension between state and federal rights and constitutional tradition and more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019505573X
  • 9780195055733

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Drawing on essential historical records--many newly discovered or published--and citing relevant judicial precedents, this book is the first systematic exposition of the legal problems relating to the convention clause. Constitutional historian Russell Caplan examines the constitutional crises that have let to convention drives--from the antifederalist movement of the 1780s to the recent campaigns to abolish the one-person, one-vote rule and prohibit abortion, showing how state drives for a constitutional convention, which occur on a regular basis, have been crucially affected by advocacy from partisans and opponents alike that obscures the true legal issues and dictates the course of these (so far) unsuccessful more

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'his very readable style makes his careful research accessible to a broad academic audience' Stephanie Anderson, London School of Economics, Milleniumshow more

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