State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century, Volume 3: The Agenda of State Constitutional Reform
G. Alan Tarr, Robert F. Williams
SUNY Press, 2012 - Law - 380 pages
This third and final volume in a series devoted to state constitutions analyzes how these documents address major constitutional issues such as the protection of rights; voting and elections; constitutional change; the legislature; the executive; the judiciary; taxing, spending, and borrowing; local government; education; and the environment. Contributors identify the strengths and weaknesses of current state constitutions, highlight the major issues confronting the states, and assess various approaches for reform.
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Dr. Tarr does an excellent job presenting the intricacies, complexities, and controversies surrounding state constitutions and the amendment process. In addition, the book is very convincing in its discussion of the importance and relevance of state constitutions and their influence upon society and even policy at the national level. This book should be a required introduction for every student of political science.