The Classical Foundations of the American Constitution: Prevailing Wisdom
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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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - LeeCheek - LibraryThing
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