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Authors

Kenneth D. Ward

Document Type

Essay/Newsletter

Media Type

Text

Abstract

In the last generation, politics has replaced philosophy as constitutional theory's center of gravity. While theorists once focused on judicial authority and looked to philosophy to validate the principles of justice that judges enforced, they now tend to consider how judges fit into the broader political process that defines constitutional doctrine. This essay considers how the change obscures important questions about the nature of democratic government. It does so by examining Sanford Levinson's recent book, Our Undemocratic Constitution--an attempt to bridge academic theory to the practice of politics that is emblematic of constitutional theory's emphasis of politics over philosophy.

First Page

311

Last Page

334

Publication Date

5-1-2009

Department

Other

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

Included in

Law Commons

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