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Federalism, the Supreme Court, and the Seventeenth Amendment: The Irony of Constitutional Democracy

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Dr. Rossum abundantly documents in this readable book what many have intuitively felt, that the Seventeenth Amendment was a cosmic betrayal of the Constitution. It must be repealed if limited government is ever to be restored. (Charles E. Rice, Notre Dame Law School)

Ralph Rossum presents us with an arresting thesis. By providing a new perspective on the role of the courts in dealing with the recurring issues surrounding the Framers' vision of federalism, it is bound to engender debate of the highest order in the years to come. It will prove especially challenging for those of my persuasion who would like to check the growing centralization of power in Washington. (George W. Carey, Georgetown University)

Raplh Rossum...offers a series of provocative theses that relate directly to federalism. . . . Rossum writes gracefully and authoritatively. He draws on familiar principles, like the virtues of an extended commercial republic, checks and balances, and the operation of self-interests. (Publius: The Journal of Federalism)

Ralph Rossum's illuminating study of the Seventeenth Amendment will prompt many scholars of law and politics to rethink their understandings of the Supreme Court's role in protecting federalism. This is a timely and important book. (Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See)

About the Author

Ralph A. Rossum is Director of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and Professor of American Constitutionalism at Claremont McKenna College. He is author of seven books, including American Constitutional Law, (with G. Alan Tarr).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (December 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739102869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739102862
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Devvy Jo Kidd on April 25, 2013
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Excellent, well written, however a moot point. Not enough states ratified that amendment. I have iron clad, court solid proof. [...] It's a law that doesn't exist.
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