The State Con-Con Papers

130 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2018 Last revised: 13 Dec 2018

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J. H. Snider

The State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse

Date Written: August 13, 2018


The State Con-Con Papers is a collection of J.H. Snider’s 47 short essays on the history, democratic function, and politics of the periodic state constitutional convention referendum, which is mandated by 14 U.S. state constitutions. The essays, organized chronologically, cover four of the most recent referendums: Hawaii (2018), New York (2017), Rhode Island (2014), and Maryland (2010). In each of these four states, the convention referendum is the only constitutional mechanism that allows the people — the sovereign — to bypass the state legislature’s gatekeeping power over constitutional amendment. The title, The State Con-Con Papers, draws an analogy with The Federalist Papers, a famous collection of newspaper commentaries that discuss the proposals generated by America’s 1787 constitutional convention.

Keywords: constitution, constitutional convention, constitutional convention referendum, state constitutional convention, periodic state constitutional convention referendum

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Snider, J. H., The State Con-Con Papers (August 13, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

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