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Examines the five closely integrated components that make up the Constitutions fundamental law to show how the components more often than not work together, assisting, explaining and reinforcing one another. Constitutional politics is the continued search for equilibrium between grants of power and the limits placed on that power. examines five closely integrated components which make up the fundamental law: the Compact, Separation of Powers, Federalism, Representation, and the Bill of Rights. It is the interaction among these components that give the constitution its dynamism, and landmark decisions handed down by the Supreme Court involve two or more of them.This books unique approach shows how the components often work together, assisting, explaining, or reinforcing one another. Providing an overview of the fundamental principles of the American Constitution, the author gives a firm foundation for students interested in American Government and Politics, Constitutional Law or Civil Liberties.