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The Classical Foundations of the American Constitution: Prevailing Wisdom


ISBN13: 9780521187619
Published: February 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback reissue
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The framers of the American Constitution were substantially influenced by ancient history and classical political theory, as exemplified by their education, the availability of classical readings, and their inculcation in classical republican values. This volume explores how the framing generation deployed classical learning to develop many of the essential structural aspects of the Constitution: federalism, separation of powers, a bicameral legislature, independent courts, and the war and foreign relations powers. Also examined are very contemporary constitutional debates, for which there were classical inspirations, including sovereign immunity, executive privilege, line-item vetoes, and the electoral college. Combining techniques of intellectual history, classical studies, and constitutional interpretation, this book makes a unique contribution to our understanding of contemporary constitutionalism.

Subjects:
Legal History, Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
1. The framers' classical education and world view
2. Classical political models and the founders
3. Constitution-making and ancient history
4. Modern resonances
5. The classical Constitution.