We the People, Volume 1: Foundations
By (author) Bruce A. Ackerman
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We the People, Volume 1: Foundations by Bruce A. Ackerman
Book DescriptionIn this wide-ranging re-interpretation of American constitutional history, legal scholar Bruce Ackerman finds a vital source of renewal and strength in the "dualist" character of the American democratic tradition. He examines the transforming impact of popular movements on higher law, and reveals how these exercises in constitutional politics differ from the normal politics practised by the elected representatives. Planned as the first of three volumes, this book aims to put the Reagan revolution into constitutional perspective and to redefine America's civic commitments for the future. It cuts through the search for the "original intent of the founders" as a way to discover the will of the people, and recognizes that the great and extraordinary occasions required for action by the people have not been confined to a single instance in the 18th century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674948419
(235mm x 155mm x 28mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 18-May-1993
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bruce A. Ackerman
We the People, Hardback (March 2014)
The Civil Rights Revolution carries Bruce Ackerman's sweeping reinterpretation of constitutional history into the era beginning with Brown v Board of Education. Laws that ended Jim Crow and ensured equal rights at work, in schools, and in the voting booth gained congressional approval only after the American people mobilized their support.
Decline and Fall of the American Republic, Paperback (September 2013)
Shows how the institutional dynamics of the last half-century have transformed the American presidency into a potential platform for political extremism and lawlessness.
Failure of the Founding Fathers, Paperback (May 2007)» View all books by Bruce A. Ackerman
The ink was barely dry on the Constitution when it was almost destroyed by the rise of political parties in the US. This book describes the aspects of electoral college crisis. It shows how Thomas Jefferson counted his Federalist rivals out of the House runoff, and how the Federalists threatened to place John Marshall in the presidential chair.
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Author Biography - Bruce A. Ackerman
Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University.
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