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By Mark A. Graber

ISBN-10: 0199943885

ISBN-13: 9780199943883

A New creation to American Constitutionalism is the 1st textual content to review the whole thing of yank constitutionalism, not only the strains that seem in perfect court docket judgements. Mark A. Graber either explores and provides unique solutions to such vital questions as: what's a Constitution,? What are primary constitutional reasons? How are constitutions interpreted? How is constitutional authority allotted? the way to constitutions swap? How is the structure of the us inspired by way of overseas and comparative legislation? and, most vital, How does the structure paintings? hoping on an historical/institutional viewpoint, the booklet illustrates how American constitutionalism is a special type of politics, instead of a method from setting apart politics from legislation. Constitutions paintings way more by means of developing and constituting politics than via compelling humans to do what they might another way do. humans debate the right kind that means of the 1st modification, yet those debates are prompted by way of the guideline that each one states are both represented within the Senate and a political tradition that during which political dissenters don't worry for his or her lives. greater than the other paintings out there, A New advent to American Constitutionalism highlights and expands on what a new release for legislations professors, political scientists and historians have stated concerning the American constitutionalism regime. As such, this can be the 1st really interdisciplinary learn of constitutional politics within the usa.

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The Constitution of the United States is the paradigmatic example of a modern, liberal constitution. The late eighteenth-century framers and ratifiers sought to establish a higher law that was rooted in popular sovereignty and would constrain government and protect liberty. American constitutionalism also reflects the influence of the classical constitutional tradition. For more than two centuries, political actors have debated the relationships between cultural practices and political institutions as well as the nature of American exceptionalism.

For most of the classical philosophers and historians, this means choosing an aristocracy of wise and virtuous gentlemen in the ideal circumstances, a mixed or middle-class regime in less ideal circumstances, and a democracy tempered by rule of law and public spiritedness as a realistic third choice. 13 This commitment to character development and virtue explains the central role education played in classical constitutional thought. “Education,” Plato insisted, was the “one great thing” that guaranteed the success of a constitutional order.

The purpose of the governing arrangements set out in the text was to protect fundamental rights. What some scholars label constitutional theocracies61 are not, in this view, constitutional governments to the extent their telos is the propagation of the one true religion and not the protection of fundamental rights. This guarantisme conception of constitutionalism is closely associated with the political liberalism of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Such political liberals as John Locke insisted that government existed to protect fundamental rights.

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