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The Civic Constitution: Civic Visions and Struggles in the Path toward Constitutional Democracy

Elizabeth Beaumont


This book offers a powerful new understanding of American constitutional democracy by focusing on several generations of influential “civic founders”—largely ordinary men and women who sought to transform the constitutional order. In re-examining a set of pivotal conflicts over rights, citizenship, and fundamental law, this book demonstrates the profound importance of civic visions and struggles for the Constitution and democratic life. While dominant work on constitutional theory and politics employs largely top-down approaches focused on judges and political leaders, this study shifts attent ... More

Keywords: constitutional theory, democratic theory, American political development, constitutional democracy, popular constitutionalism, civic engagement, social movement, citizenship, civil rights and liberties, founding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199940066
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199940066.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Beaumont, author
University of Minnesota