Ex Uno Plura

Ex Uno Plura : State Constitutions and Their Political Cultures

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State constitutions have become increasingly important in light of recent trends in jurisprudence that favor decentralizing the American federal system. Ex Uno Plura uses a political culture approach to explore eight state constitutional traditions. McHugh argues that state jurisprudence is not merely a reflection of the process, values, and decisions found at the federal level, especially through the influence of the Fourteenth Amendment. A close examination of separate state constitutions, including their origins, sociopolitical cultures, and jurisprudence, reveals historically, culturally, and philosophically unique characteristics, each of which will contribute to the ongoing debate concerning American judicial federalism. The states included are Alaska, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.
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  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 19.05mm
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791457494
  • 9780791457498

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"I particularly liked the interesting details about state constitutional development. McHugh obviously spent a great amount of time investigating the cultural and ideological circumstances native to these particular states, and it shows with rich and descriptive detail."
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About James T. McHugh

James T. McHugh is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Legal Studies Program at Roosevelt University. He is the author of Comparative Constitutional Traditions, The Essential Concept of Law, and the coauthor (with James S. Pacy) of Diplomats Without a Country: Baltic Diplomacy, International Law, and the Cold War.
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