The Classical Foundations of the American Constitution: Prevailing Wisdom

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Cambridge University Press, 11.02.2008
The framers of the American Constitution were substantially influenced by ancient history and classical political theory, as exemplified by their education, the availability of classical readings, and their inculcation in classical republican values. This volume explores how the framing generation deployed classical learning to develop many of the essential structural aspects of the Constitution: federalism, separation of powers, a bicameral legislature, independent courts, and the war and foreign relations powers. Also examined are very contemporary constitutional debates, for which there were classical inspirations, including sovereign immunity, executive privilege, line-item vetoes, and the electoral college. Combining techniques of intellectual history, classical studies, and constitutional interpretation, this book makes a unique contribution to our understanding of contemporary constitutionalism.
 

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In this innovative and erudite study, Bederman (Emory) surveys the influence of classical works upon the American Founding generation. A convincing argument for the Founders' use of classical ideas is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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1 The Framers Classical Education and World View
1
2 Classical Political Models and the Founders
50
3 ConstitutionMaking and Ancient History
95
4 Modern Resonances
176
5 The Classical Constitution
222
Notes
233
Index
325
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Seite 307 - It is inherent in the nature of sovereignty, not to be amenable to the suit of an individual without its consent. This is the general sense, and the general practice of mankind ; and the exemption, as one of the attributes of sovereignty, is now enjoyed by the government of every state in the union.

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