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"Sanford Levinson's irreverent tour reveals the subtle and not-so-subtle ways our Constitution blocks the responsible practice of democratic government. We ignore his critique at our peril." -- Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School
"Sanford Levinson is the most imaginative, innovative and provocative constitutional scholar of our time. His new, sharp critique of the Constitution makes for bracing reading and forces us to confront what we really think of the Constitution. Every American needs to read this book and see if he or she agrees with Levinson that it is necessary to abandon the Framer's work and adopt a fundamentally new system of government. This work cannot be ignored." -- Walter Dellinger, O'Melveny & Myers, Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States
"In an ideal world, every citizen would read this book and ponder the profound issues it raises about how to achieve democracy in our republic. As Socratic in spirit, as it is engaging in style, this is a marvelous guide to the pros and cons of democratic reform. Take up its invitation to look freshly at institutions you have taken for granted." -- James Fishkin, Stanford University
"Few scholars are in the same league with Professor Sanford Levinson when it comes to raising provocative questions about the Constitution and conventional modes of interpreting its provisions. Whether one agrees or disagrees with his analyses and prescriptions is largely beside the point; what matters is that he forces readers to think about dimensions of constitutional questions that ordinarily go unnoticed. In Our Undemocratic Constitution, Professor Levinson is at his thought-provoking best." -- Robert P. George, Princeton University
"A lucidly written and compelling work, Our Undemocratic Constitution asks hard questions about the nature of our founding document. Levinson, who is one of the nation's leading constitutional scholars, argues here that much about the Constitution stands in need of dramatic change. This is a timely and important book, and our country would benefit if its ideas provoked real debate." -- Elena Kagan, Dean, Harvard Law School
That it was less than perfect, as originally written is not at issue.
Sanford Levinson has written an excellent essay which suggests that a Second Constitutional Convention is required to restore American democracy.
They are led by Kirkpatrick Sale, author of Human Scale and I judge most of their grievances and demands to be LEGITIMATE.
The founding fathers gave us the ability to amend the constitution periodically when certain problems arise. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shawn
As another reviewer wrote, the problem with the book may be that it was written by a lawyer in the style of law-school teaching. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim Bruner
the author presses hard for what is seemingly but quite necessary, that is, a constitutional convention to fix the Constitution where he clearly shows that it is out of whack.Published 6 months ago by Mike Silva
I wish it had the afterword in it. I used it as the textbook for my polo sci class. Great book.Published 10 months ago by Brandon
i don't agree w/ everything the author says. so what? nobody's going to agree w/ everyone else. the meat is in there in hefty chunks & i've enjoyed every mouthful. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stravo Lukos
Echoing other positive reviewers, I found the book well-written and thoughtful despite the fact that I don't agree with all Professor Levinson's specific criticisms of the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Plumb
Haven't read it yet, but i've heard from other people that it's a great read. I'll find out sooner or later when i get to reading it. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Biscuit89
I bought this product as "used-good" but what i did not expect was the dented sides and writing throughout the book. Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by Lam
Sanford Levinson attempts to define and explain the creation of, what he terms, an "insufficiently democratic" and "significantly dysfunctional" constitution (9). Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by J.W.