The Mississippi State Constitution by John W. WinkleThe Mississippi State Constitution by John W. Winkle

The Mississippi State Constitution

byJohn W. Winkle

Hardcover | April 11, 2014

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In The Mississippi State Constitution, John W. Winkle III explores constitutional meaning in Mississippi, both past and present, and shows how, through their own interpretations, judges and other government actors have shaped that meaning. This book illustrates how the popular will of themoment, through constitutional reform conventions or approved amendments, may have both intended and unintended consequences for generations to come. Whether a constitution is a document of power or of limitation is an ageless and important question. The current and now antiquated 1890 version, itspatchwork pattern of amendments, and numerous judicial interpretations since, by and large leave that question unsettled.The Mississippi State Constitution features three structural components that are useful for lay and professional audiences alike. First, it surveys the history and development of Mississippi's four constitutions (1817, 1832, 1869, and 1890) by examining the nineteenth century preference for stateconventions as agents of comprehensive constitutional reform, and the twentieth and twenty-first century preferences for piecemeal amendments (more than 160 proposals). Second, the book offers a detailed section-by-section commentary on the fifteen articles of the current constitution. It explainsthe meaning and traces the origins of each provision. In the interest of a fair and thorough analysis, this commentary relies on rulings handed down by Mississippi appellate courts, opinions issued by the office of state attorney general, and enabling legislation passed by state lawmakers. Third,this volume provides a bibliographic essay on available primary and secondary sources for those interested in further study.The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important new series that reflects a renewed international interest in constitutional history and provides expert insight into each of the 50 state constitutions. Each volume in this innovative series contains a historicaloverview of the state's constitutional development, a section-by-section analysis of its current constitution, and a comprehensive guide to further research. Under the expert editorship of Professor G. Alan Tarr, Director of the Center on State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, this series provides essential reference tools for understanding state constitutional law. Books in the series can be purchased individually or as part of a completeset, giving readers unmatched access to these important political documents.
John W. Winkle III (Ph.D. - Duke University) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Mississippi. His field of expertise is constitutional law and judicial politics. He has published a book on state constitutionalism, and numerous refereed articles on lobbying by judges, state-federal court relations, and state judicial ...
Title:The Mississippi State ConstitutionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 11, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199890730

ISBN - 13:9780199890736


Table of Contents

G. Alan Tarr: Series ForewordWilliam F. Winter: ForewordAcknowledgmentsPart one The History of the Mississippi ConstitutionPart two The Mississippi Constitution and CommentaryPreambleArticle I: Distribution of PowersArticle II: Boundaries of the StateArticle III: Bill of RightsArticle IV: Legislative DepartmentArticle V: ExecutiveArticle VI: JudiciaryArticle VII: CorporationsArticle VIII: EducationArticle IX: MilitiaArticle X: The Penitentiary and PrisonsArticle XI: LeveesArticle XII: FranchiseArticle XIII: ApportionmentArticle XIV: General ProvisionsArticle XV: Amendments to the ConstitutionBibliographical EssayTable of CasesIndexAbout the Author