The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Paperback | November 1, 2016

EditorMark Tushnet, Mark A. Graber, Sanford Levinson

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The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution offers a comprehensive overview and introduction to the U.S. Constitution from the perspectives of history, political science, law, rights, and constitutional themes, while focusing on its development, structures, rights, and role in the U.S.political system and culture. This Handbook enables readers within and beyond the U.S. to develop a critical comprehension of the literature on the Constitution, along with accessible and up-to-date analysis. The historical essays included in this Handbook cover the Constitution from 1620 right through the Reagan Revolution to the present. Essays on political science detail how contemporary citizens in the United States rely extensively on political parties, interest groups, and bureaucrats to operate aconstitution designed to prevent the rise of parties, interest-group politics and an entrenched bureaucracy. The essays on law explore how contemporary citizens appear to expect and accept the exertions of power by a Supreme Court, whose members are increasingly disconnected from the world ofpractical politics. Essays on rights discuss how contemporary citizens living in a diverse multi-racial society seek guidance on the meaning of liberty and equality, from a Constitution designed for a society in which all politically relevant persons shared the same race, gender, religion andethnicity. Lastly, the essays on themes explain how in a "globalized" world, people living in the United States can continue to be governed by a constitution originally meant for a society geographically separated from the rest of the "civilized world." Whether a return to the pristineconstitutional institutions of the founding or a translation of these constitutional norms in the present is possible remains the central challenge of U.S. constitutionalism today.

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The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution offers a comprehensive overview and introduction to the U.S. Constitution from the perspectives of history, political science, law, rights, and constitutional themes, while focusing on its development, structures, rights, and role in the U.S.political system and culture. This Handbook enabl...

Mark Tushnet is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is the co-author of a number of books, including the most widely used casebook on constitutional law, Constitutional Law (with Stone, Seidman, and Sunstein). Professor Tushnet is the former president of the American Association of Law Schools. Mark...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:992 pages, 9.72 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:November 1, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190654538

ISBN - 13:9780190654535

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"This impressive tome, edited by distinguished and prolific law professors Tushnet (Harvard Law School), Graber (Univ. of Maryland's Francis King Carey School of Law), and Levinson (Univ. of Texas Law School, Austin) consists of an introduction and 47 concise, well-edited essays. Notable lawprofessors, political scientists, historians, and other scholars from a wide variety of institutions offer summaries of existing scholarship on numerous issues, accompanied by footnotes and bibliographical information. The handbook will be an essential resource for those seeking balanced andinformative introductions to broader, fundamental constitutional questions. Essential." --J. R. Vile, Middle Tennessee State University, Choice