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  Constitution-Making: The Pre-eminently Political Act
Constitutional architects and designers can borrow a mechanism here or there but, in the last analysis, those mechanisms must be integrated in a manner that is true to the spirit of the civil society for which the constitution is designed.
Constitutions as covenants or compacts or extensions thereof, can either be changed in their entirety or can involve frequent amendment, because issues of constitutional choice become part of the coin of the realm, as it were, and publics constituted as partnerships see themselves as empowered to participate in constitutional design in a relatively direct way.
Constitutional choice involves utilizing appropriate models that recognize the importance of institutions in the lives of humans, the significance of history and culture in shaping those institutions and rendering particular institutions effective or ineffective, and identifying the empirical and behavioral dimensions of the constitutional process in each case.
www.jcpa.org /dje/articles3/constisramer.htm   (4810 words)

 TAP: Vol 6, Iss. 23. Constitutional Amendmentitis. Kathleen M. Sullivan.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Maryland, the Constitution is "intended to endure for ages to come." Keeping amendment relatively infrequent thus preserves public confidence in the stability of the basic constitutional structure.
State constitutions thus are difficult to distinguish from general state legislation, and they water down the notion of fundamental rights in the process: The California constitution, for example, protects not only the right to speak but also the right to fish.
This danger is especially acute in the case of proposed constitutional amendments that would literally overturn Supreme Court decisions, such as amendments that would declare a fetus a person with a right to life, permit punishment of flag burning, or authorize school prayer.
www.prospect.org /print/V6/23/sullivan-k.html   (4480 words)

 Constitutional convention (political custom) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In particular, the formal constitution often confers wide discretionary powers to the head of state which in practice are used only on the advice of the head of government.
For example, the constitutional convention that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom must govern with a majority in Parliament derived from the very unsuccessful attempt of Robert Peel to govern without one in the mid 19th century.
Constitutional conventions differ from formal constitutional amendments in that they are created over time, and it may be difficult or impossible to identify when a constitutional convention has come into effect or sometimes even what the constitutional conventions are.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Constitutional_convention_(political_custom)   (1585 words)

 Constitutional convention (political meeting) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A constitutional convention is a gathering of delegates for the purpose of writing a new constitution or revising an existing constitution.
Scottish Constitutional Convention (1989) - produced a plan for Scottish devolution.
Constitutional conventions have also been used by subnational units of federal states — such as the individual states of the United States — to create, replace, or revise their own constitutions.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Constitutional_convention_(political_meeting)   (353 words)

 Constitutional Questions and Answers
In the Convention itself they were always referred to as "deputies." Washington, for example, signed his name as "deputy from Virginia." The point is simply that whatever they called themselves, they were representatives of their States.
Although absent from the Constitutional Convention and during the period of ratification, Jefferson rendered no inconsiderable service to the cause of Constitutional Government, for it was partly through his insistence that the Bill of Rights, consisting of the first ten amendments, was adopted.
This was the first great compromise of the Constitutional Convention, whereby it was agreed that in the Senate each State should have two members, and that in the House the number of Representatives was to be based upon population.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Acropolis/4304/constitutional-qa.html   (6334 words)

 The Constitution's Conservative Character
The paper Constitution would be of no avail in an hour of social crisis; America, unlike Britain, had no ruling class of educated and propertied gentlemen accustomed to command and to restrain popular appetites--no body of customs and usages that could allay popular discontent.
The subjects or citizens of a political state should be assured by their constitution that the administering of the laws and of major public policies will not change abruptly from one day or year to another day or year.
The Constitution of the United States was framed and adopted on the principle that order and justice and freedom are difficult for a people to obtain, and ought to be preserved through a fundamental law that cannot be cast aside quickly, or by a temporary majority of the public.
www.heritage.org /Research/PoliticalPhilosophy/HL127.cfm   (3483 words)

 Constitution, Constitutions, Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Portal @ Constituted.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A constitution is a system, often codified as a written document, which establishes the rules and principles by which an organization, or political entity, is governed.
An example from the constitutional law of nation-states would be a provincial government in a federal state trying to legislate in an area exclusively enumerated to the federal government in the constitution.
Political Database of the Americas - Constitutions and in depth political information for each country in the Western Hemisphere in both English and the native language.
www.constituted.net   (1891 words)

 FindLaw Constitutional Law Center: Constitutional History
Alexander Hamilton brilliantly saved the convention from failure by calling upon Congress to summon all states to be represented at a convention the following year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The official purpose of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was to propose amendments to the Articles of Confederation but when the convention convened, the delegates realized that they had two general goals in common: to create a republican form as well as a new constitutional form of government.
When the Constitution was presented to the individual states, the founding fathers claimed that the Constitution was not an amendment to the Articles of Confederation, since it established a completely new form of government.
supreme.lp.findlaw.com /documents/consthist.html   (1631 words)

 The Case for a Constitutional Convention [Free Republic]
Once a Constitutional Convention is opened then all the state reps have to do is announce their state is a free and independent nation again.
The constitutional convention is a tool in the hands of the states, not the Congress or any other branch of the Federal government.
State politics may prove a problem, but one good thing is that the states have become ever more jealous of their prerogatives under the 10th Amendment in the past decade.
www.freerepublic.com /forum/a37ba43447fba.htm   (9451 words)

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 Political Science - C
Connecticut Compromise: The plan adopted during the Constitutional Convention of 1787 providing for a House of Representatives based on population and a Senate with two members from each state.
Constitution: The written framework for the United States government that established a strong national government of three branches - legislative, executive, and judicial - and provided for the control and operation of that government.
constitutional amendment: A change to the Constitution proposed by a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress or a constitutional convention, and ratified by legislatures or ratifying conventions in three-fourths of the states.
www.webref.org /political-science/c.htm   (1074 words)

 Constitutional Amendmentitis
Article I of the Constitution gives Congress the power to tax and spend for the common defense and general welfare, and to borrow money on the credit of the United States -- all by simple majorities.
As a second illustration of the problem of amendments inconsistent with the Constitution, consider the flag desecration amendment that will go to the states for ratification if the Senate approves it this fall.
The Constitution surely should be amended on occasion -- for example, when changes consistent with its broad purposes are unlikely to be implemented by ordinary legislative means.
www.monitor.net /monitor/1-12-96/amendmentitis.html   (4593 words)

 The Inside Edge | PoliticsNJ.com, New Jersey's Online Political Network   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
If the current timetable is followed and Constitutional Convention elections are held in March 2006, then James would face voters two months before he presumably seeks a sixth term as Mayor in the May 2006 non-partisan elections.
Foley was considered a rising star in state Democratic politics: he was nearly picked to challenge U.S. Senate CLIFFORD CASE in 1960; he withdrew as a candidate against Case in 1966 after Republicans charged that he was given the convention post to advance his Senate campaign.
Bauer became active in the political arena after her husband, Cantor Fitzgerald executive DAVID BAUER, was killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
www.politicsnj.com /July14_2004.htm   (6281 words)

 Political News @ Ascribed.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
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