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Power & Rights in US Constitutional Law$
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Thomas Lundmark

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368727.001.0001

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Power & Rights in US Constitutional Law

Thomas Lundmark

Oxford University Press

This book is divided into two clear parts. The first is devoted to governmental power and sketches the structure of the federal government of the United States. It focuses on the separation of powers and federalism. Part Two appraises the panoply of explicit and implicit constitutional rights protected by the Constitution. For ease of understanding and study, constitutional rights are subsumed under the concepts of liberty and equality. Liberty rights can usefully be thought of as individual rights. They include the “fundamental rights” recognized by the Constitution and by the Supreme Court, such as freedom of speech and the right of privacy. Equality rights are those enjoyed as a member of a protected group. The book features a number of fundamental decisions of the United States Supreme Court throughout.

Keywords:   governmental power, separation of powers, federalism, constitutional rights, liberty, equality, US Supreme Court

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