State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century, Volume 1: The Politics of State Constitutional Reform

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Robert F. Williams, G. Alan Tarr
SUNY Press, 2006 - Law - 223 pages
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Through illuminating case studies of reform efforts in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, New York, and Virginia, this book—the first of three volumes—provides the first systematic analysis of the political obstacles to state constitutional reform. For those seeking constitutional reform, this useful resource can spell the difference between success and failure, and for those interested in state politics or constitutional politics, it offers rare insight into a distinctive aspect of American constitutionalism. Written by eminent scholars who were, in many cases, also active participants in the reform campaign, the essays provide practical experience, expert analysis, and lessons for future constitutional reformers.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Planning Politics Policy and Publicity
19
The Triumph of Amendment over Revision
59
Lessons from Virginia
73
A Long Time in Coming
113
The New York Experience in National Context
145
Campaign Finance Initiatives in Colorado
175
Mechanisms for State Constitutional Change
197
Contributors
205
Index
207
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At Rutgers University at Camden, G. Alan Tarr is Director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies and Robert F. Williams is Associate Director. Tarr is also Distinguished Professor of Political Science and author of Understanding State Constitutions. Williams is also Distinguished Professor of Law and author of State Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials, Third Edition.

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