Constitutional Culture and Democratic Rule

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This interdisciplinary volume focuses on constitutional democracy, wit h special reference to the United States. The editors and contributors conceive of a constitutionalism as an ongoing process in which most m embers of a given community rely on certain cultural norms and practic es to identify and interpret constitutional rules (written or unwritte n as the case may be) that limit government power, and divide it among competing groups of leaders such that no single group has unchecked a uthority to pass statutes or to interpret the constitution when disput es arise.
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Part I. Constitutional Democracy: Beginnings and Traditions: Editors' introduction; 1. Constitutional problematics, circa 1787 Jack N. Rakove; 2. Inventing constitutional traditions: the poverty of fatalism James Johnson; 3. The birth logic of a democratic constitution Lawrence G. Sager; Part II. Constitutional Structure and Design: 4. Constitutional democracy as a two-stage game Jonathan Riley; 5. Imagining another Madisonian Republic Jonathan Riley; 6. One and three: separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary in the Italian constitution Pasquale Pasquino; 7. A political theory of Federalism Jenna Bednar; Part III. Constitutional Change and Stability: 8. Designing an amendment process Sanford Levinson; 9. Constitutional theory transformed Stephen M. Griffin; 10. Constitutional economic transition Russel Hardin; 11. Institutionalizing constitutional interpretation Jack Knight.

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