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The Constitution and Public Policy in U.S. History
     

The Constitution and Public Policy in U.S. History

by Julian E. Zelizer
 

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ISBN-10: 027103534X

ISBN-13: 9780271035345

Pub. Date: 03/20/2009

Publisher: Penn State University Press

Despite its crucial importance in U.S. history, the study of the constitutional system fell out of favor with many historians and history departments for several decades during the latter half of the twentieth century. The dawn of the twenty-first century, however, has borne witness to a new interdisciplinary interest among scholars in reviving this important

Overview

Despite its crucial importance in U.S. history, the study of the constitutional system fell out of favor with many historians and history departments for several decades during the latter half of the twentieth century. The dawn of the twenty-first century, however, has borne witness to a new interdisciplinary interest among scholars in reviving this important dialogue in American history. This book represents some of the most innovative contributions to this dialogue by a new generation of historians and legal scholars. The essays presented in this volume offer new insights into constitutionalism, legal culture, and the political arena, together contributing to an “ongoing reconceptualization of the historical relationship between the Constitution and public policy.”

In this volume of "Issues in Policy History," Julian Zelizer and Bruce Schulman bring together eleven essays from renowned scholars Mary Sarah Bilder, Donald T. Critchlow and Cynthia L. Stachecki, Christine Desan, Morton Keller, Ajay K. Mehrotra, David Quigley, John A. Thompson, Christopher Tomlins, and Michael Willrich. By applying new archival research to questions of policy history and embedding constitutional history in its political context, these scholars breathe new life into the study of public policy and reaffirm Woodrow Wilson’s conclusion that the Constitution’s “spirit is always the spirit of the age.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271035345
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
03/20/2009
Series:
Issues in Policy History , #15
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
201
Sales rank:
1,110,119
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Editor’s Preface

Bruce J. Schulman and Julian E. Zelizer

Introduction

Mary Sarah Bilder

Idea or Practice: A Brief Historiography of Judicial Review

Christine Desan

From Blood to Profit: Making Money in the Practice and Imagery of Early America

Christopher Tomlins

Necessities of State: Police, Sovereignty, and the Constitution

David Quigley

Constitutional Revision and the City: The Enforcement Acts and Urban America, 1870–1894

Michael Willrich

“The Least Vaccinated of Any Civilized Country”: Personal Liberty and Public Heath in the Progressive Era

Ajay K. Mehrotra

Forging Fiscal Reform: Constitutional Change, Public Policy, and the Creation of Administrative Capacity in Wisconsin, 1880–1920

John A. Thompson

Woodrow Wilson and a World Governed by Evolving Law

Anthony Badger

The South Confronts the Court: The Southern Manifesto of 1956

Alan Rogers

State Constitutionalism and the Death Penalty

Donald T. Critchlow and Cynthia L. Stachecki

The Equal Rights Amendment Reconsidered: Politics, Policy, and Social Mobilization in a Democracy

Morton Keller

Governance and Democracy: Public Policy in Modern America

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