This edited volume examines state constitutional politics by analyzing the efforts of groups to use constitutional amendments and constitutional revisions to achieve their political goals; examining responses to controversial state constitutional rulings; and using case studies to explain the effect on substantive state policy.
The reliance on state declarations of rights to expand rights protections during the last two decades has highlighted the political importance of state constitutions. Yet, throughout American history up to the present day, state constitutions have been the battleground for fundamental political conflicts. This edited volume analyzes the efforts of various groups to achieve their ends via constitutional revision and constitutional amendments, examines the responses to controversial state constitutional rulings, and assesses the consequences of constitutional politics on substantive state policy.
Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Patterns in State Constitutional Politics State Constitutional Politics: An Historical Perspective by G. Alan Tarr Patterns in the Amending of American State Constitutions by Donald S. Lutz Constitutional Amendment Through the Legislature in New York by Gerald Benjamin and Melissa Cusa Case Studies: Campaigns for Constitutional Change Creating a State Constitutional Right to Privacy: Unlikely Alliances, Uncertain Results by Rebecca Mae Salokar The Politics of Term Limitations by John David Rausch, Jr. Crime as a Boogeyman: Why Californians Changed Their Constitution to Include a "Victims' Bill of Rights" (And What It Really Did) by Candace McCoy Case Studies: The Consequences of Constitutional Change California's Constitutional Counterrevolution by Barry Latzer School Finance and Inequality in New Jersey by Russell S. Harrison and G. Alan Tarr Bibliographic Essay Index