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New Directions In The Scholarship Of The American Revolution, Mary Sarah Bilder May 2014

New Directions In The Scholarship Of The American Revolution, Mary Sarah Bilder

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

These brief comments were presented in May 2014 at a panel in honor of the late Professor Pauline Maier (including Mary Beth Norton, Gordon Wood, Bernard Bailyn, Robert Martello, and Mary Sarah Bilder). Professor Bilder proposed three areas for future work in the framing era: (1) reconsidering the conception of the “state”; (2) exploring continuities in governance practices as well as formal constitutional change to explain the rapid embrace of the new constitutional system; (3) relocating American development within a larger global narrative in which 1776 or 1787 do not begin or end the story, and the thirteen colonies are ...


American Exceptionalism And Government Shutdowns: A Comparative Constitutional Reflection On The 2013 Lapse In Appropriations, Katharine G. Young May 2014

American Exceptionalism And Government Shutdowns: A Comparative Constitutional Reflection On The 2013 Lapse In Appropriations, Katharine G. Young

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

The shutdown of the U.S. government after failure to pass a budget is exceptional by global standards. Other governments in mature constitutional democracies do not stop functioning, despite the difficulties in passing revenue bills. Yet shutdowns in America are increasing in occurrence, costliness and intensity. I argue that the Constitution is partly to blame, both because of what it creates and what it lacks. Drawing on a comparative perspective, I show how the constitutional emphasis on checks and balances contributes to the likelihood of shutdown, and how features that might forestall or resolve financial impasse are omitted.

After rejecting ...


Comparative Law In A Time Of Globalization: Some Reflections, Thomas C. Kohler Mar 2014

Comparative Law In A Time Of Globalization: Some Reflections, Thomas C. Kohler

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

This piece discusses the tension between internationalization of legal ordering and the growing pressure against local and national ordering. Using Aristotle, Tocqueville, the Reception of Roman Law as forebears of the problem, I discuss three major European Court of Justice decisions (Laval, Viking and Schmidberger) as examples of the displacement of local ordering. I conclude that the task of comparative law is to focus on the importance of local ordering, keeping the human at the center and not vague principles generated by international bodies with no or little local ties.


Appeals To The Privy Council From The American Colonies: An Annotated Digital Catalogue: Part 1, Sharon Hamby O'Connor, Mary Sarah Bilder Jan 2014

Appeals To The Privy Council From The American Colonies: An Annotated Digital Catalogue: Part 1, Sharon Hamby O'Connor, Mary Sarah Bilder

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

Archived content from an interactive project available at http://amesfoundation.law.harvard.edu/ColonialAppeals/.


Corporate Citizenship: Goal Or Fear?, Kent Greenfield Jan 2014

Corporate Citizenship: Goal Or Fear?, Kent Greenfield

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

Discusses the conflicting opinions about corporate "citizenship." Should corporations be insulated from politics or a part of it?