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Part V Themes, Ch.36 Constitutionalism

Mark E. Brandon

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

“Constitutionalism” refers to a set of theories, values, principles, and institutions that are concerned with the authorization, organization, direction, and constraint of political power. To borrow from Alexander Hamilton’s essay in Federalist 1, constitutionalism attempts to solve a basic problem of politics: whether it is possible to establish good government through reflection and choice, instead of through accident and force. This way of putting it suggests that a constitutionalist system is a self-conscious human creation, that human beings are responsible...
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