This undergaduate text uses original essays, cases and materials to study the very enterprise by which a constitution is interpreted and a constitutional government created. It explores the American polity as both a constitutional and democratic entity. This volume is organized around a set of basic interrogatives: What is the constitution that is to be interpreted? Who are its authoritative interpreters? How do they go about their interpretive tasks?
New edition (first was 1986) of a casebook for a one- or two-semester course, containing readings which confront the core problems of constitutional interpretation. The volume is organized around a set of basic interrogatives: what is the constitution that is to be interpreted; who are its authoritative interpreters; and how do (and should) they go about their interpretive tasks? The focus isn't exclusively on legal doctrine, but on how constitutional interpretation connects with both political theory and public policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)