The Classical Foundations of the American Constitution

Prevailing Wisdom

Author: David J. Bederman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139469142

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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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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The Public Order and the Sacred Order

Contemporary Issues, Catholic Social Thought, and the Western and American Traditions

Author: Stephen M. Krason

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810863979

Category: Religion

Page: 1144

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The Public Order and the Sacred Order evaluates a range of contemporary social and political questions in light of Catholic social teaching, philosophy, great political thinkers, and America's founding tradition. It treats a wide range of topics, including · economics · education · free speech · abortion · church-state relations · American legal trends · international politics Through discussions of these and other issues confronting contemporary American society, author Stephen M. Krason offers a scholarly social commentary, suggests means for a reconstruction of sound social and political thought, and calls for a renewal of American institutions, politics, and culture. The book is structured in three parts: Part I sets out foundational principles guided by Catholic social teaching, philosophical reasoning, Western political thought, and the American founding; Part II examines and evaluates the numerous issues in light of the principles set out in Part I; and Part III provides approaches to the issues-both general and specific policy ideas-consonant with the foundational principles set out in Part I. There is also a volume of important Catholic Church documents, Supreme Court cases, and excerpts of important writings in the history of Western and American political thought that let the reader examine directly many documents discussed in the text of the book. Along with being a strong and focused defense of traditional Catholic approaches to the questions of our time, the vast array of material covered makes this book an invaluable reference for anyone interested in contemporary politics.
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The Constitution of Liberty

Author: F.A. Hayek

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131785781X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 512

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Working after the war, Hayek's writing was very much against the tide of mainstream Keynesian economic thought. But in the 1970s and 1980s - the eras of Thatcherism and Reaganomics - he was championed as a prophet of neo-liberalism by those who were seeking to revolutionize the post-war social consensus. The Constitution of Liberty is crucial reading for all those seeking to understand ideas that have become the orthodoxy in the age of the globalized economy.
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Church, State, and the Crisis in American Secularism

Author: Bruce Ledewitz

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253001366

Category: Law

Page: 312

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Since 1947, the Supreme Court has promised government neutrality toward religion, but in a nation whose motto is "In God We Trust" and which pledges allegiance to "One Nation under God," the public square is anything but neutral -- a paradox not lost on a rapidly secularizing America and a point of contention among those who identify all expressions of religion by government as threats to a free society. Yeshiva student turned secularist, Bruce Ledewitz seeks common ground for believers and nonbelievers regarding the law of church and state. He argues that allowing government to promote higher law values through the use of religious imagery would resolve the current impasse in the interpretation of the Establishment Clause. It would offer secularism an escape from its current tendency toward relativism in its dismissal of all that religion represents and encourage a deepening of the expression of meaning in the public square without compromising secular conceptions of government.
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American Law and the Constitutional Order

Historical Perspectives

Author: Lawrence Meir Friedman,Harry N. Scheiber

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674025271

Category: History

Page: 581

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This is the standard reader in American law and constitutional development. The selections demonstrate that the legal order, once defined by society, helps in molding the various forces of the social life of that society. The essays cover the entire period of the American experience, from the colonies to postindustrial society. Additions to this enlarged edition include essays by Michael Parrish on the Depression and the New Deal; Abram Chayes on the role of the judge in public law litigation; David Vogel on social regulation; Harry N. Scheiber on doctrinal legacies and institutional innovations in the relation between law and the economy; and Lawrence M. Friedman on American legal history.
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Seeking Inalienable Rights

Texans and Their Quests for Justice

Author: Debra Ann Reid

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603443630

Category: Citizenship

Page: 196

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In essays, scholars demonstrate that the history of Texans' quests to secure inalienable rights and expand government-protected civil rights has been one of stops and starts, successes and failures, progress and retrenchment.
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Rewriting the United States Constitution

an examination of proposals from Reconstruction to the present

Author: John R. Vile

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 202

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In this unique historical work, Vile analyzes over forty proposals to rewrite the U.S. Constitution. In each case he examines the substance of the proposal, the author's goals and methods as well as response to the proposal and its overall influence.
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