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The Citizen's Constitution: An Annotated Guide

by Seth Lipsky

An Elements of Style for how our government is supposed to work


Approaching the U.S. Constitution: Sacred Covenant or Plaything for Lawyers and Judges

by Kerry L. Hunter

This book argues that, given the political power the Supreme Court enjoys today, the answer to preserving the separation of powers, democracy, and the American commitment to unalienable human rights is to encourage...


Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution

by John Paul Stevens

For the first time ever, a retired Supreme Court Justice offers a manifesto on how the Constitution needs to change.

By the time of his retirement in June 2010, John Paul Stevens had become the second longest...


The Moulding of Ukraine

by Kataryna Wolczuk

With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, a number of new states were created that had little or no claim to any previous existence. Ukraine is one of the countries that faced not only political, social and...


The Tempting of America

by Robert H. Bork

Judge Bork shares a personal account of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on his nomination as well as his view on politics versus the law.

In The Tempting of America, one of our most distinguished legal...


Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty

by Randy E. Barnett

The U.S. Constitution found in school textbooks and under glass in Washington is not the one enforced today by the Supreme Court. In Restoring the Lost Constitution, Randy Barnett argues that since the nation's...


Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law in America

by Herman Belz & Matthew Spalding

The rule of law may be the most significant and influential accomplishment of Western political thought. Nowhere expressed yet evident throughout, the United States Constitution depends on this core concept,...


A Citizen's Introduction to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

by Matthew Spalding & Edwin Meese

The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are the greatest statements of human liberty ever written. They are the highest achievement of our political tradition, powerful beacons to...


The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution: A Fully Annotated Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Amendments, and Selections f

by Richard Beeman

A unique and handy guide to the law of land from one of America's most esteemed constitutional scholars.

Known across the country for his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Professor Richard Beeman...


The Constitutionalization of the European Union

by Berthold Rittberger & Frank Schimmelfennig

Previously published as a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy, this volume presents a theory of constitutionalization as well as comparative analyses and case studies to underscore the claim...


The Practice of Constitutional Development: Vincent Ostrom's Quest to Understand Human Affairs

by Filippo Sabetti, Barbara Allen & Mark Sproule-Jones

Each essay shows how particular countries, governments, and organizations devise constitutions to reflect their visions of governance and sets of rules for their leaders. Using the methods and writing of Vincent...


Reflections on Religion, the Divine, and the Constitution

by George Anastaplo

Connections are suggested among diverse subjects which can remind the reader both of fundamental issues with respect to religion and politics and of the complications of efforts to develop public-policy measures...


Congress and the Fourteenth Amendment: Enforcing Liberty and Equality in the States

by William B. Glidden

In Congress and the Fourteenth Amendment, William B. Glidden examines the misuse of the fourteenth amendment. The fourteenth amendment was created under the belief that states have the duty, and Congress the...


Nation, Constitutionalism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka

by Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne

Nation, Constitutionalism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka offers a new perspective on contemporary debates about Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism in Sri Lanka. In this book de Silva Wijeyeratne argues forcefully that...


Federalism, the Supreme Court, and the Seventeenth Amendment: The Irony of Constitutional Democracy

by Ralph A. Rossum

Abraham Lincoln worried that the 'walls' of the constitution would ultimately be leveled by the 'silent artillery of time.' His fears materialized with the 1913 ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment, which,...


Constitutional Debate in Action: Civil Rights and Liberties

by H. L. Pohlman

Taking into account the political and intellectual forces that shape Supreme Court decisions, Constitutional Debate in Action examines how and why the United States Constitution continues to grow and adapt to...


The Crown and Canadian Federalism

by D. Michael Jackson

Following Queen Elizabeth II's historic Diamond Jubilee in 2012, there is renewed interest in the institution of the Crown in Canada and the roles of the queen, governor general, and lieutenant governor. Author...


The Constitution on the Campaign Trail: The Surprising Political Career of America's Founding Document

by Andrew E. Busch

The Constitution is the fundamental governing document of the United States. But to what extent do candidates and parties make constitutional arguments in the course of American elections? By examining party...


A Model Constitution for Scotland: Making Democracy Work in an Independent State

by W. Elliot Bulmer

A Model Constitution for Scotland sets out a workable model for Scotland's future and includes detailed constitutional proposals and informed discussion on the topic. The independence debate has to break out...


Justice in the United States: Human Rights and the Constitution

by Judith Blau & Alberto Moncada

All populations, including people living in the United States experience new vulnerabilities with globalization. Peoples' jobs are threatened; there are pressures to migrate; and environmental degradation is...