The Madisonian Constitution (The Johns Hopkins Series in Constitutional Thought)

The Madisonian Constitution (The Johns Hopkins Series in Constitutional Thought)

By: George Thomas (author)Hardback

Special OrderSpecial Order item not currently available. We'll try and order for you.

Description

Today, we think of constitutional questions as being settled by the Supreme Court.But that is not always the case, nor is it what the framers intended in constructing the three-branch federal government. This volume examines four crucial moments in the United States' political history-the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Progressive Era, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency and the New Deal, and the Reagan revolution-to illustrate the Madisonian view that the present rise of judicial supremacy actually runs counter to the Constitution as established at the nation's founding. George Thomas opens by discussing how the Constitution encourages an antagonistic approach to settling disputes, thereby preserving itself as the nation's fundamental law rather then ceding that role to the president, Congress, or Supreme Court. In considering the four historical case studies, he focuses on judicial interpretations and the political branches' responses to them to demonstrate that competing conceptions of constitutional authority and meaning, as well as intergovernmental disputes themselves-rather than any specific outcome-strengthen the nature of the nation's founding document as a political instrument. Engagingly written and soundly argued, this study clarifies and highlights the political origins of the nation's foundational document and argues that American constitutionalism is primarily about countervailing power not legal limits enforced by courts.

About Author

George Thomas is an assistant professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. He previously taught at Williams College.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780801888526
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780801888526
  • weight: 499
  • ISBN10: 0801888522

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly

Close