Notes on a Bicentennial Constitution, Part I: Process of Change

William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; 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, amendment

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Date posted: September 24, 2011 ; Last revised: May 6, 2014

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Van Alstyne, William W., Notes on a Bicentennial Constitution, Part I: Process of Change (September 23, 2011). William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-153. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1932204

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