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A Community Built on Words: The Constitution in History and Politics

H. Jefferson Powell


This book offers a powerful new approach to one of the central issues in American constitutional thinking today: the problem of constitutional law's historicity, or the many ways in which constitutional arguments and outcomes are shaped both by historical circumstances and by the political goals and commitments of various actors, including judges. The presence of such influences is often considered highly problematic: if constitutional law is political and historical through and through, then what differentiates it from politics per se, and what gives it integrity and coherence? It argues that ... More

Keywords: America, constitution, constitutional law, constitutional controversies, historicity, actors, judges, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226677231
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226677224.001.0001


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H. Jefferson Powell, author

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