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State Constitutional Politics: Governing by Amendment in the American States

John Dinan


The US Constitution is difficult to amend and has only been amended 27 times. As a result, groups and officials seeking to make changes in governance generally do not focus on enacting federal amendments. However, the 50 state constitutions are more easily amended; in fact, the current state constitutions have been amended on average 150 time apiece. Consequently, state constitutional amendments have been a regular means of bringing about changes in understandings of individual rights, governing institutions, and public policies. This book analyzes the recurring ways that constitutional amendm ... More

Keywords: US Constitution, state constitution, constitutional amendment, rights, institutions, policies, legislation, litigation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226532783
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226532950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Dinan, author
Wake Forest University