Our Undemocratic Constitution Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It)

ISBN-10: 0195365577

ISBN-13: 9780195365573

Edition: 2008

Authors: Sanford Levinson

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Levinson argues that too many of our Constitution's provisions promote either unjust or ineffective government. Under the existing blueprint, we can neither rid ourselves of incompetent presidents nor assure continuity of government following catastrophic attacks. Less important, perhaps, butcertainly problematic, is the appointment of Supreme Court judges for life. Adding insult to injury, the United States Constitution is the most difficult to amend or update of any constitution currently existing in the world today. Democratic debate leaves few stones unturned, but we tend to takeour basic constitutional structures for granted. Levinson boldly challenges the American people to undertake a long overdue public discussion on how they might best reform this most hallowed document and construct a constitution adequate to our democratic values. "Admirably gutsy and unfashionable." --Michael Kinsley, The New York Times "Bold, bracingly unromantic, and filled with illuminating insights. He accomplishes an unlikely feat, which is to make a really serious argument for a new constitutional convention, one that is founded squarely on democratic ideals." --Cass R. Sunstein, The New Republic "Everyone who cares about how our government works should read this thoughtful book." --Washington Lawyer
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Prelude: The Wisdom of Thomas Jefferson
Introduction: A Tale of Two Signings
The Ratification Referendum: Sending the Constitution to a New Convention for Repair
Our Undemocratic Legislative Process
The Legacy of Article II: Too-Powerful Presidents, Chosen in an Indefensible Process, Who Cannot Be Displaced Even When They Are Manifestly Incompetent
Life Tenure for Supreme Court Justices: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed
The Constitution as Creator of Second-Class Citizens
The Impermeable Article V
Disenchantment and Desire: What Is to Be Done?
Coda: The Wisdom of Woodrow Wilson
The Constitution of the United States
Afterword for the Paperback Edition
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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