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Part II Political Science, Ch.12 Social Movements and the Constitution

Mark Tushnet

From: The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Edited By: Mark Tushnet, Sanford Levinson, Mark A. Graber

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 August 2020

That social movements have affected the Constitution’s development and interpretation seems beyond dispute. How they have done so is less clear. Disentangling the role of social movements from that of political parties, for example, is often difficult. This chapter addresses other problems as well, but some initial clarifications are required. First, though, we need to specify what social movements are, and in particular how they differ from interest groups and (major) political parties. Standard definitions include such elements as a relatively large number of...
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