The Constitutional Amending Process in American Political Thought

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This book is the first full-length work to present debates over the constitutional amending process as a perennial theme in American political thought. Beginning with a discussion of the views of political philosophers, publicists, and legal commentators who may have influenced the views of legal change held by the American Founding Fathers, the work proceeds to look at the historical influences on and discussions surrounding the amending process that was incorporated into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The ...

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Overview

This book is the first full-length work to present debates over the constitutional amending process as a perennial theme in American political thought. Beginning with a discussion of the views of political philosophers, publicists, and legal commentators who may have influenced the views of legal change held by the American Founding Fathers, the work proceeds to look at the historical influences on and discussions surrounding the amending process that was incorporated into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The reader will gain a new respect for the way the amending process has served and still serves as a "safety valve" for constitutional change in the United States without permitting ill-considered or hastily conceived modifications. This work will be of interest to political scientists, historians, and students of American studies and legal history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275942809
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1992
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

JOHN R. VILE is Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

The Philosophical Heritage

The Creation and Justification of Article V

George Washington, the Constitutional Amending Process, and the Farewell Address

Thomas Jefferson and the Amending Process

John C. Calhoun: The Amending Process and the Theory of Concurrent Majorities

The Civil War Period: Sidney George Fisher Advocates Congressional Sovereignty, and John Jameson Warns Against Constitutional Conventions

Christopher Tiedeman, Constitutional Interpretation, and the Amending Process

The Progressive Era and Continuing Doubts About the Adequacy of the Amending Process

Debates Over Substantive Limits on the Amending Process

Selected Bibliography

Index

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