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Framed: America's Fifty-One Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance

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In his widely acclaimed volume Our Undemocratic Constitution, Sanford Levinson boldly argued that our Constitution should not be treated with "sanctimonious reverence," but as a badly flawed document deserving revision. Now Levinson takes us deeper, asking what were the original assumptions underlying our institutions, and whether we accept those assumptions 225 years late...more
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 2nd 2012)
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Framed is nearly unique -- instead of delving into the endless debates over ambiguous clauses in our Constitution and its amendments, Levinson examines the unambiguous, "settled" rules that are baked into the original document, and he discusses whether they are worth their exalted status. Why, for example, do we need a constitutional amendment to change the date of Inauguration Day? Why is it so hard to make any changes to the composition of the undemocratic Senate?

Excellent read. Current and pi...more
"[Levinson is] one of our keenest observers of the US Constitution—in this book he explores our state constitutional traditions." - Tom Ginsburg
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Sanford Victor Levinson is a prominent American liberal law professor and acknowledged expert on Constitutional law and legal scholar and professor of government at the University of Texas Law School. He is notable for his criticism of the United States Constitution as well as excessive presidential power and has been widely quoted on such topics as the Second Amendment, gay marriage, nominations...more
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