Living Constitution Fundament CB

Author:   Herman Belz
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
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9780585121512


Pages:   276
Publication Date:   14 May 2014
Format:   Book
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In A Living Constitution or Fundamental Law?, distinguished scholar Herman Belz considers the concept of constitutionalism as the subject matter of constitutional history. Belz argues that the study of constitutionalism should be interdisciplinary, requiring the insights and methods of history, political science, and jurisprudence. Belz illuminates the evolution of American constitutionalism across the span of American history, from the Founding to Reconstruction to the Cold War and the rise of the bureaucratic state in the 1980s.

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Author:   Herman Belz
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
Imprint:   Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN:  

9780585121512


ISBN 10:   0585121516
Pages:   276
Publication Date:   14 May 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Book
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
Stock availability from the supplier is unknown. We will order it for you and ship this item to you once it is received by us.

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This work is certainly the best researched, most comprehensive work on American constitutionalism to date.--James Carl Duram, Wichita State University Herman Belz has been writing influential works in constitutional history for several decades now, and he has here collected nine of his previously published essays, along with new introductory and concluding chapters. [Belz] address[s] a wide range of topics in constitutional history, including the founding; the rise and decline of 'constitutional realism' during the gilded age, the Progressive era, and the Cold War; 'the New Left attack on constitutionalism' during the 1960's; and the debates over constitutional history in the 1980's. The central organizing theme is what Belz characterizes as a cyclical struggle between written and unwritten conceptions of constitutionalism. A particular strength of Belz's essays is a sustained effort to take seriously the relative autonomy of law from the social and political forces and the role of the constitutional norms in American political development. . . .--Tom Keck, Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma The Law and Politics Book Review Belz's highly readable and intelligent examination of the shifting meanings attached to constitutions demonstrates that the study of them has changed from 1787 through the Progressive Era, into World War II, and in the latter half of the 20th century. . . .A solid addition to collections on American History and constitutional law.--D. Schultz, University of Wisconsin--River Falls CHOICE, Vol. 36, No. 7


Belz's highly readable and intelligent examination of the shifting meanings attached to constitutions demonstrates that the study of them has changed from 1787 through the Progressive Era, into World War II, and in the latter half of the 20th century. . . .A solid addition to collections on American History and constitutional law.--D. Schultz, University of Wisconsin--River Falls CHOICE, Vol. 36, No. 7


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Herman Belz is professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of The American Constitution: Its Origins and Development, Equality Transformed: A Quarter Century of Affirmative Action, and Emancipation and Equal Rights: Politics and Constitutionalism in the Civil War Era, among other works.

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