Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Correct It) / Edition 1

Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Correct It) / Edition 1

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by Sanford Levinson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195307518

ISBN-13: 9780195307511

Pub. Date: 10/15/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Constitution is one of the most revered documents in American politics. Yet this is a document that regularly places candidates in the White House who did not get a majority of the popular vote, in addition to giving the President the power to overrule both houses of Congress on legislation he disagrees with on political grounds. Taking a hard look at these and

Overview

The Constitution is one of the most revered documents in American politics. Yet this is a document that regularly places candidates in the White House who did not get a majority of the popular vote, in addition to giving the President the power to overrule both houses of Congress on legislation he disagrees with on political grounds. Taking a hard look at these and other unjust provisions of our much-venerated Constitution, Sanford Levinson examines how too many of its articles promote either unfair or ineffective government. Updated with a new afterword to answer its critics and further engage in the debate, Our Undemocratic Constitution boldly challenges the American people to undertake a long overdue public discussion on how they might best reform this most hallowed document and construct a constitution adequate to our democratic values.

About the Author:
Sanford Levinson holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195307511
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/15/2006
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prelude: The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson     ix
Introduction: A Tale of Two Signings     3
The Ratification Referendum: Sending the Constitution to a New Convention for Repair     11
Our Undemocratic Legislative Process     25
The Legacy of Article II: Too-Powerful Presidents, Chosen in an Indefensible Process, Who Cannot Be Displaced Even When They Are Manifestly Incompetent     79
Life Tenure for Supreme Court Justices: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed     123
The Constitution as Creator of Second-Class Citizens     141
The Impermeable Article V     159
Disenchantment and Desire: What Is to Be Done?     167
Coda: The Wisdom of Woodrow Wilson     181
The Constitution of the United States     183
Afterword for the Paperback Edition     201
Notes     217
Acknowledgments     239
Index     243

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