The Constitutional Amending Process in American Political Thought


This book is the first full-length work to present debates over the constitutional amending process as a perennial theme in American political thought. Beginning with a discussion of the views of political philosophers, publicists, and legal commentators who may have influenced the views of legal change held by the American Founding Fathers, the work proceeds to look at the historical influences on and discussions surrounding the amending process that was incorporated into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The reader will gain a new respect for the way the amending process has served and still serves as a "safety valve" for constitutional change in the United States without permitting ill-considered or hastily conceived modifications.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1992


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