The Rhode Island State Constitution

Hardcover | April 29, 2011

byPatrick T. Conley, Robert J. Flanders

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Rhode Island has a long history of constitutional governance. Beginning in 1636, Rhode Island's constitution has been shaped by revolution, nation-building, tumult, and further changes wrought by everything from neo-liberalism to gay rights. The result has been a living document reflectingconflicting and changing values, making the Rhode Island constitution an essential resource for understanding the cultural history of this state. In The Rhode Island State Constitution Patrick T. Conley and Robert J. Flanders provide an outstanding constitutional and historical account of the state's governing charter. In addition to an overview of Rhode Island's constitutional history, it provides an in-depth, section-by-section analysis ofthe entire constitution, detailing the many significant changes that have been made since its initial drafting. This treatment, along with a table of cases, index, and bibliography provides an unsurpassed reference guide for students, scholars, and practitioners of Rhode Island's constitution. Previously published by Greenwood, this title has been brought back in to circulation by Oxford University Press with new verve. Re-printed with standardization of content organization in order to facilitate research across the series, this title, as with all titles in the series, is set to join thedynamic revision cycle of The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States.The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important 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.

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Rhode Island has a long history of constitutional governance. Beginning in 1636, Rhode Island's constitution has been shaped by revolution, nation-building, tumult, and further changes wrought by everything from neo-liberalism to gay rights. The result has been a living document reflectingconflicting and changing values, making the Rho...

Dr. Patrick T. Conley is currently an attorney in Rhode Island and has handled more than forty Supreme Court appeals since 1979. Prior to this, he was a Professor of History and Constitutional Law at Providence College for thirty years. Dr. Conley was a research advisor to the Constitutional Convention of Rhode Island. He holds a doct...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:374 pages, 6.38 × 9.61 × 0.98 inPublished:April 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019977871X

ISBN - 13:9780199778713

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G. Alan Tarr: Series ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I: Rhode Island Constitutional Development, 1636-2006Part II: The Rhode Island Constitution and CommentaryArticle I: Declaration of Certain Constitutional Rights and PrinciplesArticle II: Of SuffrageArticle III: Of Qualification for OfficeArticle IV: Of Elections and Campaign FinanceArticle V: Of the Distribution of PowersArticle VI: Of the Legislative PowerArticle VII: Of the House of RepresentativesArticle VIII: Of the SenateArticle IX: Of the Executive PowerArticle X: Of the Judicial PowerArticle XI: Of ImpeachmentsArticle XII: Of EducationArticle XIII: Home Rule for Cities and TownsArticle XIV: Constitutional Amendments and RevisionsArticle XV: General TransitionBibliographical EssayTable of CasesIndex