1937 Redux?: Reflections on Constitutional Development and Political Structures

14 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2012 Last revised: 16 Feb 2012

Mark Tushnet

Harvard Law School

Date Written: February 10, 2012

Abstract

This Essay, forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, argues that ideas associated with the field of American political development can assist constitutional scholars interested in constitutional development. It speculatively examines structural features of contemporary constitutional politics using such ideas as the possibility that President Obama is (or might be) a reconstructive or transformative President and the institutional thickening of structures of resistance to reconstruction, to suggest how APD ideas might be of use in setting the contingencies of quotidian politics into a larger structural framework.

Keywords: American political development, Barack Obama, constitutional development

Suggested Citation

Tushnet, Mark, 1937 Redux?: Reflections on Constitutional Development and Political Structures (February 10, 2012). University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Forthcoming; Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 12-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2002771 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2002771

Mark V. Tushnet (Contact Author)

Harvard Law School ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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