To Form a More Perfect Union

To Form a More Perfect Union : A New Economic Interpretation of United States Constitution

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This is a quantitative reexamination of the behavior of the Founding Fathers during the creation of the United States' Constitution. It employs cliometric analysis, formal economic analysis, and modern statistical techniques, to explain the choices the founders made during the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. These include: What form of government did the founders intend for the Constitution? What factors motivated them to adopt particular clauses in the Constitution? What factors led them to ratify the Constitution? The author argues that the findings challenge the prevailing interpretation of the formation of the Constitution.show more

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  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 166 x 240 x 36mm | 739.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous tables
  • 0195139704
  • 9780195139709

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Robert McGuire's To Form a More Perfect Union is and will long remain the definitive study of the effect of economic influences on the drafting and ratification of the American Constitution * Cal Jillson, Chair, Department of Political Science, Southern Methodist University *show more

About Robert A. McGuire

Robert A. McGuire was born in Long Beach, California, and educated at Long Beach State and the University of Washington. A professor of economics at the University of Akron, he is the author of many studies that have appeared in academic journals, including the American Economic Review, American Journal of Political Science, Economic History Review, Journal of Economic History, and Public Choice. Among his most recent research is a study of the Confederate constitution appearing in Economic Inquiry and an ongoing study of the role of diseases in American economic history funded with a National Science Foundation grant in 2000.show more

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