The California Constitution is one of the longest in the world and has been revised over 500 times since its original drafting in 1849. In its current incarnation, the constitution reflects the state's mistrust of elected officials, gives cities and towns broad home rule powers, and outlines governance for the state's university system.
The California State Constitution provides an outstanding constitutional and historical account of the state's basic governing charter. In addition to an overview of California's constitutional history, it offers an in-depth, section-by-section analysis of the entire constitution, detailing the many significant changes that have been made since its initial drafting in 1849. This treatment, along with a table of cases, index, and the bibliography provides an unsurpassed reference guide
for students, scholars, and practitioners of California's constitution.
The second edition updates and expands the previous edition published in 1993. The book provides new analysis, with citations to court decisions and relevant scholarly commentary, as well as accompanying explanations and a lengthy introduction to provide historical and thematic context. This new edition also contains a foreword by the current Chief Justice of California, Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
The Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States is an important series that reflects a renewed international interest in constitutional history and provides expert insight into each of the 50 state constitutions. Each volume in this innovative series contains a historical overview of the state's constitutional development, a section-by-section analysis of its current constitution, and a comprehensive guide to further research.
Under the expert editorship of Professor G. Alan Tarr, Director of the Center on State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University, this series provides essential reference tools for understanding state constitutional law. Books in the series can be purchased individually or as part of a complete set, giving readers unmatched access to these important political documents.
Joseph R. Grodin is Professor of Law at Hastings College of Law, University of California. Professor Grodin is the former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court and is the author of In Pursuit of Justice (1989), among many other works dealing with state constitutional practice. Darien Shanske is Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law, where he teaches courses and writes on taxation, particularly state and local taxation, state and local government law, public finance and political theory. He worked as a financial advisor to California local governments and as a public finance attorney. Michael B. Salerno is a Clinical Professor and Associate Director of the Center for State and Local Government Law. He has published articles concerning the legislative process, regulating the financial interests of public officials (conflicts of interest), influencing legislation, and amending constitutions in the United States.