In this brilliant and hugely unconventional paintings, Harvard legislation professor Mark Tushnet poses a doubtless easy query that yields a completely unforeseen solution. The structure issues, he argues, now not since it constructions our executive yet since it constructions our politics. He keeps that politicians and political parties—not ultimate courtroom decisions—are the genuine engines of constitutional swap in our process. This message will empower all electorate who use direct political motion to outline and defend our rights and liberties as Americans.

Unlike criminal students who examine the structure in simple terms as a blueprint for American democracy, Tushnet makes a speciality of the methods it serves as a framework for political debate. each one department of presidency attracts sizeable suggestion and procedural constitution from the structure yet can impression swap merely while there's the political will to hold it out. Tushnet’s political figuring out of the structure for this reason doesn't call for that electorate pore over the specifics of every splendid court docket selection for you to enhance our country. as a substitute, by means of delivering key proof approximately Congress, the president, and the character of the present constitutional regime, his booklet finds not just why the structure issues to every folks but additionally, and maybe extra vital, how it matters.

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