Constitutional Politics in the States: Contemporary Controversies and Historical Patterns


The reliance on state declarations of rights to expand rights protections during the last two decades has highlighted the political importance of state constitutions. Yet, throughout American history up to the present day, state constitutions have been the battleground for fundamental political conflicts. This edited volume analyzes the efforts of various groups to achieve their ends via constitutional revision and constitutional amendments, examines the responses to controversial state constitutional rulings, and assesses the consequences of constitutional politics on substantive state policy.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Donald S. Lutz
  • Gerald Benjamin
  • Melissa Cusa
  • Rebecca Mae Salokar
  • John David Rausch Jr
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1996


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