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Notes On A Bicentennial Constitution: Part I, Processes Of Change, William W. Van Alstyne Jan 1984

Notes On A Bicentennial Constitution: Part I, Processes Of Change, William W. Van Alstyne

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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.