A leading legal scholar addresses the most important constitutional controversies of the past two decades and illuminates the Constitution's spirit and ongoing relevance When the stories that lead our daily news involve momentous constitutional questions, present-minded journalists and busy citizens cannot always see the stakes clearly. In The Constitution Today, Akhil Reed Amar, America's preeminent constitutional scholar, considers the biggest and most bitterly contested debates of the last two decades—from gun control to gay marriage, affirmative action to criminal procedure, presidential dynasties to Congressional dysfunction, Bill Clinton's impeachment to Obamacare. He shows how the Constitution's text, history, and structure are a crucial repository of collective wisdom, providing specific rules and grand themes relevant to every organ of the American body politic. Leading readers through the particular constitutional questions at stake in each episode while outlining his abiding views regarding the Constitution's letter, its spirit, and the direction constitutional law must go, Amar offers an essential guide for anyone seeking to understand America's Constitution and its relevance today.
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For over seventy-five years Edward S. Corwin's text has been a basic reference in the study of U.S. Constitutional Law. The 14th edition, the first new edition since 1973, brings the volume up to date through 1977. In this classic work, historian Edward Corwin presented the text of the U.S. Constitution along with his own commentary on its articles, sections, clauses, and amendments. Corwin was a renowned authority on constitutional law and jurisprudence, and was hired at Princeton University by Woodrow Wilson in 1905. Far from being an impersonal textbook, Corwin's edition was full of opinion. Not afraid to express his own strong views of the development of American law, Corwin offered piquant descriptions of the debates about the meaning of clauses, placing recent decisions of the court "in the familiar setting of his own views." The favor of his style is evident in his comments on judicial review ("American democracy's way of covering its bet") and the cabinet ("an administrative anachronism" that should be replaced by a legislative council "whose daily salt does not come from the Presidential table"). Corwin periodically revised the book for nearly forty years, incorporating into each new edition his views of new Supreme Court rulings and other changes in American law. Although Corwin intended his book for the general public, his interpretations always gained the attention of legal scholars and practitioners. The prefaces he wrote to the revised editions were often controversial for the views he offered on the latest developments of constitutional law, and the book only grew in stature and recognition. After his death in 1963, other scholars prepared subsequent editions, fourteen in all.
How do Australians have a say in their government? Who makes decisions in government and how? What limits are there on the powers of the Commonwealth and State governments? Fundamental issues which go to the heart of Australian democracy and provide the themes in this book. Writing with great insight and clarity, wearing her renowned scholarship lightly, Saunders enables all Australians to take an informed part in the current debates. She outlines how the Constitution can be altered and many of the issues which affect all Australians. Saunders describes: how the Senate and House of Representatives work how much power the Prime Minister really has why the High Court is so important the role of the Governor-General who decides how to spend taxes how State and Commonwealth Governments work togetherThe book also contains a full copy of the Australian Constitution.
Presented in the form of a debate to which each contributor brings his own particular expertise and point of view—and offers possible solutions—this very readable book constitutes the first full-length discussion of a major issue in contemporary India. Editor Pran Chopra argues that a great deal is at stake in this situation, including the dynamics of federalism, which makes India possible; the role of the Constitution in holding the polity together; and the future of parliamentary democracy in India. Written against this background, the essays in this volume—contributed by some of India’s best-known parliamentarians, jurists, constitutional experts, scholars, administrators, and journalists—present a many-sided discussion of this crucial issue.
Updated and expanded ed. of Evolving Constitution.
PROMISES OF THE CONSTITUTION This is the Story of the Constitution in 5 Minutes a day! 1 1/2 page vignettes, each easily read in 3-5 minutes. What has happened to our Constitution? The document that gave us the greatest prosperity in the modern world has been twisted and ignored into a shadow of its former greatness. Promises of the Constitution offers a fascinating journey through America's formation at God's hand, through the Constitution, itself, and through the caustic changes that have stripped our freedom and prosperity. Can we fix our Constitution? We can! Promises of the Constitution tells us how and gives a message of hope for America. Promises of the Constitution makes it easy to understand our national greatness and teach it to our families. This is the perfect book for families to read together. YESTERDAY Men of wisdom, integrity and dedication, our Founding Fathers came together to create the United States Constitution--a system of government that offered a level of freedom, protection, prosperity and peace never before seen in the modern world. Repeatedly, they stated that God had inspired their efforts. Under their system of inspired government America experienced great prosperity. In the early 1900’s, America produced over one-half of the world’s goods with just 6% of its population and only 5% of the world’s land mass. TODAY Gradual erosion and deliberate political chicanery have greatly restricted our freedoms. Our businesses are shackled with thousands of regulations that stifle productivity and drive jobs out of the country. Taxes take our income, the national debt skyrockets with no end in sight, and truth in politics and our media has vanished. Most Americans are frustrated and feel they are helpless to change what is happening in our once proud and independent country. TOMORROW We can return to the greatness we once knew. Yes, there will be challenges but as we unite and come together, we can restore the Constitution of our inspired Founders. We can regain our freedom, protection, prosperity, and peace. Americans have the strength, determination, and desire to bring back those principles of honor that made us the greatest nation in modern history. It can be done. We can shape our history. Our lives, our liberties, and our property were protected under the original Constitution of the United States of America. This inspired document guaranteed these God-given rights of all Americans. The original US Constitution was the most profound freedom document ever written. Changes have been made to our Constitution that destroyed our liberty, prosperity and protections. Enemies of liberty have taken steps to dismantle it. We can regain our God-given rights and prosperity if we act wisely and soon. Promises of the Constitution unfolds the fascinating story of how God directed the building of America and inspired those who wrote this brilliant instrument of liberty. It explains the genius of our Constitution in simple terms, identifies the enemies of the Constitution, and outlines our actions to regain lost freedoms. The perfect book to read yourself or with your family. You will quickly learn the ingenious principles found in our Constitution and how it has been changed by the dishonorable for their self-serving purposes. Promises of the Constitution explains current events that affect our liberty. It provides workable solutions.
The second edition of the bestselling textbook been rewritten to incorporate coverage of events that have taken place since 1999, offering a new and updated introduction to contemporary US government and politics. It examines the 2000 presidential election and recent Supreme Court rulings as well as the ways in which the war on terror has affected the character of the political process. There is also a new chapter that assesses the most important political issues facing the US today.