Sovereign Immunity Or the Rule of Law: The New Federalism's Choice

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Carolina Academic Press, 2005 - Federal government - 254 pages
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"Sovereign Immunity or the Rule of Law suggests a fresh look at the doctrine of sovereign immunity through the lens of political philosophers whose writings were well known to the people who framed and ratified the United States Constitution. Some of those philosophers espoused theories of sovereignty that logically compelled sovereign immunity. John Locke, the philosopher upon whom the former colonists predominantly relied, espoused a theory of sovereignty that, by contrast, cannot tolerate the idea of sovereign immunity - a government not answerable to its own laws or to the instrument that gave it life. Donald L. Doernberg argues that the United States Constitution exists for no purpose other than to restrain government power, and that to declare the government immune from accountability under it is a profanation of our political and philosophical history."--BOOK JACKET.

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