The State-Application-and-Convention Method of Amending the Constitution: The Founding-Era Vision
15 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2012
Date Written: 2011
Although the convention method of amending the Constitution authorized by Article V is much misunderstood, the historical record renders much of this misunderstanding needless. That record includes a dozen interstate conventions during the Founding Era and numerous statements by Founders on the subject. It makes clear that an Article V convention is not a popular "constitutional convention" as often claimed, but a conclave of state delegations meeting for the specific purpose set forth in the state applications, and subject to instructions from their respective state legislatures.
Keywords: Constitution, convention, amend, amendment, Article V, constitutional convention
JEL Classification: K1, K10, K19
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