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Framed: America's 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance

Sanford Levinson


In Our Undemocratic Constitution, Sanford Levinson boldly argued that the U.S. Constitution should not be treated with “sanctimonious reverence,” but as a badly flawed document deserving revision. Now, this book goes deeper, asking what were the original assumptions underlying the institutions, and whether we accept those assumptions 225 years later. The book challenges the belief that the most important features of the constitutions concern what rights they protect. Instead, it focuses on the fundamental procedures of governance such as congressional bicameralism; the selection of the preside ... More

Keywords: congressional bicameralism, U.S. Constitution, president selection, electoral college, veto power, state constitutions, constitutional conventions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199890750
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890750.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanford Levinson, author
Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Texas-Austin