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Interpreting the Constitution

Kent Greenawalt


This book addresses various approaches to interpreting a constitution. It is the third and final book on legal interpretation, following Legal Interpretation: Perspectives from Other Disciplines and Private Texts and Statutory and Common Law Interpretation. The overall theme is that techniques of constitutional interpretation are multiple and far from simple. They are not reducible to any standard priority or even any nonvague written or verbal systematic account. A great deal depends on the context, most notably the nature of the constitutional provision being interpreted. Given the difficult ... More

Keywords: constitutional interpretation, textualism, originalism, evolutionary, context, enactor intent, distribution of powers, individual rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199756155
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756155.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kent Greenawalt, author
University Professor, Columbia University