The Deconstitutionalization of America

The Deconstitutionalization of America : The Forgotten Frailties of Democratic Rule

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The American Constitution held out the hope that ordinary people were capable of deciding their own fates, and in doing so it immeasurably elevated the dignity of common people. The organization and interplay of the parts that comprise the whole American government exist to provide people the opportunity to govern themselves and, at the same time, reveal the limits of democratic self-rule. The forgetting of these limits is not only destructive to the constitution but the nation as a whole.show more

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  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 498.96g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739108344
  • 9780739108345

About Roger M. Barrus

Roger M. Barrus is Elliott Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College. John H. Eastby is Elliott Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College and Director of the Western Culture Program. Joseph H. Lane, Jr. is Assistant Professor at Emory and Henry College. David E. Marion is Elliott Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College and Director, Center for Leadership in the Public Interest. James F. Pontuso is Elliott Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College.show more

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Chapter 1 James Madison's Constitution of Freedom Chapter 2 Abraham Lincoln's New Birth of Freedom Chapter 3 Woodrow Wilson's Progressive Constitution Chapter 4 Franklin Roosevelt, the Great Depression, and the Rise of Interest-Group Government Chapter 5 Congress: Increased Power and Institutional Weakness Chapter 6 Presidential Leadership and the Two Publics Chapter 7 The Modern Judiciary and Palliative Government: Still the "Last Dangerous Breach"? Chapter 8 Deconstitutionalization and American Foreign Policy Chapter 9 National Performance Review and Madisonian Constitutionalism: The Persistence of Wilsonian Administrative Thoughtshow more

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