Running on the Constitution

Election Law Journal, Vol. 8, p. 151, 2009

UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 09-15

4 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2009  

Adam Winkler

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: April 1, 2009

Abstract

In this book review, I examine the major findings of Andrew E. Busch's The Constitution on the Campaign Trail -- including that presidential campaigns invoke the Constitution less and less -- and raise questions about the implications of this finding. I argue that, in some ways, constitutional rhetoric is just as strong as ever in presidential campaigns. Moreover, even if Busch is right that constitutional rhetoric is declining, I disagree with Busch that this is an ominous sign of the poor health of American constitutionalism. Instead, the decline could be a sign of the health of our constitutional democracy because fewer constitutional issues are as hotly contested as they once were.

Keywords: book review, presidential campaigns, political rhetoric

Suggested Citation

Winkler, Adam, Running on the Constitution (April 1, 2009). Election Law Journal, Vol. 8, p. 151, 2009; UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 09-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1371808

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