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Part V Themes, Ch.43 Constitutional Change

Gerard N. Magliocca

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, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 January 2021

Much of what you see in this book may not be a part of the Constitution in thirty years, while some of the other chapters refer to remarkable constitutional changes that have occurred. This chapter explores why and how such changes occur. Although most constitutional change is the result of gradual shifts in crucial facts or in the fundamental values of the public, disastrous mistakes and catastrophic events also play a significant role in spurring action by creating or exposing flaws in our higher law. Whenever the nation decides to alter course, constitutional...
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