The Constitution As Political Structure

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byMartin H. Redish

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Over the last forty years modern constitutional scholarship has concentrated on an analysis of rights, while principles of constitutional law concerning the structure of government have been largely downplayed. The irony of this interpretive emphasis is that the body of the Constitutioncontains relatively little dealing directly with rights. Rather, it is primarily a blueprint for the establishment of a complex form of federal-democratic structure. This work emphasizes the central role served by the structural portions of the Constitution. Redish argues that these structuralvalues were designed to provide the framework in which our rights-based system may flourish, and that judicial abandonment of these structural values threatens the very foundations of American political theory.

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Over the last forty years modern constitutional scholarship has concentrated on an analysis of rights, while principles of constitutional law concerning the structure of government have been largely downplayed. The irony of this interpretive emphasis is that the body of the Constitutioncontains relatively little dealing directly with r...

Martin H. Redish is at Northwestern University School of Law.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.53 × 6.34 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195070607

ISBN - 13:9780195070606

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"...Redish develops a thoughtful and thorough critique... Redish has produced a surprisingly satisfying textual analysis of the structural provisions of the Constitution. The satisfaction is surprising because his approach is so unfashionably traditional."--The Annals of the AmericanAcademy