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

University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 1984, p. 935, 1984

William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-153

27 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2011 Last revised: 30 Dec 2014

See all articles by William W. Van Alstyne

William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

Date Written: September 23, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Bill of Rights, judicial review, amendment

Suggested Citation

Van Alstyne, William W. and Van Alstyne, William W., Notes on a Bicentennial Constitution, Part I: Process of Change (September 23, 2011). University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 1984, p. 935, 1984, William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-153, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932204

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