Notes on a Bicentennial Constitution, Part I: Process of Change
William W. Van Alstyne
William & Mary Law School
September 23, 2011
University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 1984, p. 935, 1984
William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-153
With the approach of the Bill of Rights bicentennial, this paper takes the cause for celebration as an equally important occasion for critique. This work argues that the most distinguishing aspects of our Constitution are not the Bill of Rights, federalism, and separation of powers, but rather the availability of judicial review, the political insulation of federal judges, and the limited mechanisms available for constitutional change.
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Keywords: Bill of Rights, judicial review, amendmentAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 24, 2011 ; Last revised: October 6, 2011
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