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The framers of the American Constitution were substantially influenced by ancient history and classical political theory, as exemplified by their education, the availability of classical readings, and their inculcation in classical republican values. This volume explores how the framing generation deployed classical learning to develop many of the essential structural aspects of the Constitution: federalism, separation of powers, a bicameral legislature, independent courts, and the war and foreign relations powers. Also examined are very contemporary constitutional debates, for which there were classical inspirations, including sovereign immunity, executive privilege, line-item vetoes, and the electoral college. Combining techniques of intellectual history, classical studies, and constitutional interpretation, this book makes a unique contribution to our understanding of contemporary constitutionalism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521885362
ISBN-10: 0521885361
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David J. Bederman

David J. Bederman is a professor of law at Emory University's School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He has written extensively on the classical analogies of contemporary international and constitutional law.

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