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The Law of American State Constitutions$
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Robert F. Williams

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343083

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343083.001.0001

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The Other American Constitutions

The Other American Constitutions

The Law of American State Constitutions

Robert F. Williams

Oxford University Press

State constitutions are different in a variety of ways from the federal Constitution. They perform different functions (generally limit plenary power rather than grant enumerated power), have different origins (from the people themselves), have a different form (longer), and have different qualities. Because states have different competency or responsibilities from federal constitutional competency and responsibilities, the content or quality of state constitutions is very different. State constitutions contain many more policy-oriented provisions, as well as provisions concerning the character, virtue and even morality of the state's people.

Keywords:   functions, plenary power, enumerated power, policy-oriented provisions, morality, form, origins, quality, character, virtue

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