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The EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights: Digital Pack - A Commentary (Mixed media product): Manuel Kellerbauer,... The EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights: Digital Pack - A Commentary (Mixed media product)
Manuel Kellerbauer, Marcus Klamert, Jonathan Tomkin
R9,810 Discovery Miles 98 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Companion website: www.oup.com/klamert This Commentary provides an article-by-article summary of the TEU, the TFEU, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, offering a quick reference to the provisions of the Treaties and how they are interpreted and applied in practice. Written by a team of contributors drawn from the Legal Service of the European Commission and academia, the Commentary offers expert guidance to practitioners and academics seeking fast access to the Treaties and current practice. The Commentary follows a set structure, offering a short overview of the Article, the Article text itself, a key references list including essential case law and legislation, and a structured commentary on the Article itself. The editors and contributors combine experience in practice with a strong academic background and have published widely on a variety of EU law subjects. Commentary on the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights: Digital Pack includes a digital app with enhanced user functionalities that ensures that you have access to the text and all your accompanying notes wherever you are. The app is available on PC, Mac, Android devices, iPad or iPhone

Quasi Judicial Handbook - A Guide for Boards Making Development Regulation Decisions (Paperback): Adam Lovelady, David W Owens Quasi Judicial Handbook - A Guide for Boards Making Development Regulation Decisions (Paperback)
Adam Lovelady, David W Owens
R893 R821 Discovery Miles 8 210 Save R72 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Building Consensus on European Consensus - Judicial Interpretation of Human Rights in Europe and Beyond (Hardcover): Panos... Building Consensus on European Consensus - Judicial Interpretation of Human Rights in Europe and Beyond (Hardcover)
Panos Kapotas, Vassilis P. Tzevelekos
R2,837 R2,619 Discovery Miles 26 190 Save R218 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Should prisoners have voting rights? Should terminally ill patients have a right to assisted suicide? Should same-sex couples have a right to marry and adopt? The book examines how such questions can be resolved within the framework of the European Convention of Human Rights. 'European consensus' is a tool of interpretation used by the European Court of Human Rights as a means to identify evolution in the laws and practices of national legal systems when addressing morally sensitive or politically controversial human rights questions. If European consensus exists, the Court can establish new human rights standards that will be binding across European states. The chapters of the book are structured around three themes: a) conceptualisation of European consensus, its modus operandi and its effects; b) critical evaluation of its legitimacy and of its outputs; c) comparison with similar methods of judicial interpretation in other legal systems.

Democratic Dialogue and the Constitution (Hardcover): Alison L. Young Democratic Dialogue and the Constitution (Hardcover)
Alison L. Young
R1,493 Discovery Miles 14 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Constitutions divide into those that provide for a constitutionally protected set of rights, where courts can strike down legislation, and those where rights are protected predominantly by parliament, where courts can interpret legislation to protect rights, but cannot strike down legislation. The UK's Human Rights Act 1998 is regarded as an example of a commonwealth model of rights protections. It is justified as a new form of protection of rights which promotes dialogue between the legislature and the courts - dialogue being seen not just as a better means of protecting rights, but as a new form of constitutionalism occupying a middle ground between legal and political constitutionalism. This book argues that there is no clear middle ground for dialogue to occupy, with most theories of legal and political constitutionalism combining legal and political protections, as well as providing an account of interactions between the legislature and the judiciary. Nevertheless, dialogue has a role to play. It differs from legal and political constitutionalism in terms of the assumptions on which it is based and the questions it asks. It focuses on analysing mechanisms of inter-institutional interactions, and assessing when these interactions can provide a better protection of rights, facilitate deliberation, engage citizens, and act as an effective check and balance between institutions of the constitution. This book evaluates dialogue in the UK constitution, assessing the protection of human rights through the Human Rights Act 1998, the common law, and EU law. It also evaluates court-court dialogue between the UK court, the European Court of Justice, and the European Court of Human Rights. The conclusion evaluates the implications of the proposed British Bill of Rights and the referendum decision to leave the European Union.

The European Court and Civil Society - Litigation, Mobilization and Governance (Paperback): Rachel A. Cichowski The European Court and Civil Society - Litigation, Mobilization and Governance (Paperback)
Rachel A. Cichowski
R727 Discovery Miles 7 270 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The European Union today stands on the brink of radical institutional and constitutional change. The most recent enlargement and proposed legal reforms reflect a commitment to democracy: stabilizing political life for citizens governed by new regimes, and constructing a European Union more accountable to civil society. Despite the perceived novelty of these reforms, this book explains (through quantitative data and qualitative case analyses) how the European Court of Justice has developed and sustained a vibrant tradition of democratic constitutionalism since the 1960s. The book documents the dramatic consequences of this institutional change for civil society and public policy reform throughout Europe. Cichowski offers detailed empirical and historical studies of gender equality and environmental protection law across fifteen countries and over thirty years, revealing important linkages between civil society, courts and the construction of governance. The findings bring into question dominant understandings of legal integration.

Constitucion Politica de la Republica de Colombia de 1991 (Spanish, Paperback): Linkgua Constitucion Politica de la Republica de Colombia de 1991 (Spanish, Paperback)
Linkgua
R368 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R71 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Constitucion vigente de Colombia de 1991 con las reformas de 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 y 2005.

Terrorism - Law and Policy (Paperback): David Lowe Terrorism - Law and Policy (Paperback)
David Lowe
R906 Discovery Miles 9 060 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Terrorism: Law and Policy provides a comprehensive socio-legal analysis of issues related to terrorist activity. Aimed at both undergraduate and postgraduate students, the book takes a comparative approach to the law related to terrorism in a number of states, mainly those in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. Beginning with an examination of the background to various currently active terrorist groups, the book focuses on those groups which are currently active and which pose a threat to security, especially at the international level. The chapters take the reader through the legal definitions of terrorism contained in various states' statutory provisions and examine how the courts have interpreted terrorism in those states' jurisdictions. The main aim of any terrorist investigation is prevention and so the book examines the various statutory preventative measures that states have introduced and explores the legal issues surrounding surveillance, terrorism intelligence exchange, radicalisation, use of social media, quasi-criminal provisions, asset-freezing and the nexus between terrorist activity and organised crime. Bringing together a number of themes related to terrorism and security from a uniquely legal perspective, this book builds a comparative picture of the legal counter-terrorism interventions states are adopting to increase co-operation and adopt a more united approach in the face of the international terrorism threat.

Constitucion de la Republica de Cuba (1992) (Spanish, Paperback): Linkgua Constitucion de la Republica de Cuba (1992) (Spanish, Paperback)
Linkgua
R118 R96 Discovery Miles 960 Save R22 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

La Constitucion de la Republica de Cuba de 1992 es basicamente la misma de 1976 salvo algunas modificaciones y adiciones, como el capitulo de la extranjeria, del estado de emergencia y la division politica administrativa. En ella se insiste, a pesar de la caida o desmoronamiento del sistema socialista europeo, en la irreversibilidad del caracter socialista del pais.

The United States Constitution - Questions and Answers, 2nd Edition (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): John R. Vile The United States Constitution - Questions and Answers, 2nd Edition (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
John R. Vile
R2,060 Discovery Miles 20 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An up-to-date, all-encompassing, and nonpartisan presentation of questions and answers about the U.S. Constitution and its amendments-an invaluable tool for readers regardless of their political orientation. Readers will easily grasp the foundations and purposes of the U.S. Constitution-and the critical importance and implications of its amendments-through a series of questions and answers about constitutional topics. The work proceeds logically, covering each article, section, and amendment, explaining how each constitutional change over history affects earlier parts of the document. Created as an approachable, introductory book for high school and college students as well as general readers, The United States Constitution: Questions and Answers, Second Edition is an effective learning tool when read from start to finish, or when used to focus on and research specific constitutional provisions of interest. Its extensively updated and revised coverage since the first edition includes many key cases and serves to direct paramount attention to the constitutional document itself. Provides thoroughly revised information through the latest term of the U.S. Supreme Court Presents unique insights and perspective from the author's wide-ranging research and previous publications on the subject Ideal for students researching specific constitutional topics or engaged in academic competitions regarding the Constitution as well as general readers interested in following and better understanding contemporary political issues

Constitucion de Chile de 1980 (Spanish, Paperback): Linkgua Constitucion de Chile de 1980 (Spanish, Paperback)
Linkgua
R230 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R44 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

La Constitucion Politica de la Republica de Chile de 1980 es el texto constitucional actualmente vigente en Chile. Fue aprobada en un plebiscito el 11 de septiembre de 1980. La Constitucion del 1980 establecio un sistema presidencialista de gobierno, creo un consejo de Seguridad Nacional, presidido por el primer mandatario e integrado por los comandantes en jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas, el presidente del Senado y el presidente de la Corte Suprema de Justicia. Dicho plebiscito fue y sigue siendo cuestionado por las irregularidades formales que se dieron durante su celebracion.

Constituciones Fundacionales de el Salvador de 1824 (Spanish, Paperback): Linkgua Constituciones Fundacionales de el Salvador de 1824 (Spanish, Paperback)
Linkgua
R96 R79 Discovery Miles 790 Save R17 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Primeras constituciones nacionales y declaraciones de independencia.

Constitucion de El Salvador 1996 (Spanish, Paperback): Linkgua Constitucion de El Salvador 1996 (Spanish, Paperback)
Linkgua
R185 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R36 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

El 16 de enero de 1992, se firmo en el castillo de Chapultepec (Mexico), el texto completo de los acuerdos entre el gobierno de El Salvador y el Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN) en el que pusieron fin a doce anos de guerra civil en el pais. El cumplimiento de los acuerdos estaba bajo la tutela especial de las Naciones Unidas.

Constitucion de la Republica Dominicana de 1994 (Spanish, Paperback): Linkgua Constitucion de la Republica Dominicana de 1994 (Spanish, Paperback)
Linkgua
R140 R113 Discovery Miles 1 130 Save R27 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

El 14 de agosto del 1994, durante el mandato de Joaquin Balaguer, se modifico la constitucion tras una grave crisis electoral. Se dispuso nuevamente la no reeleccion presidencial, asi como la reduccion de cuatro a solo dos anos el periodo presidencial de Balaguer. Este hecho fue conocido en la historia como el Pacto por la Democracia.

Trading Barriers - Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization (Paperback): Margaret Peters Trading Barriers - Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization (Paperback)
Margaret Peters
R874 R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Save R229 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Why have countries increasingly restricted immigration even when they have opened their markets to foreign competition through trade or allowed their firms to move jobs overseas? In Trading Barriers, Margaret Peters argues that the increased ability of firms to produce anywhere in the world combined with growing international competition due to lowered trade barriers has led to greater limits on immigration. Peters explains that businesses relying on low-skill labor have been the major proponents of greater openness to immigrants. Immigration helps lower costs, making these businesses more competitive at home and abroad. However, increased international competition, due to lower trade barriers and greater economic development in the developing world, has led many businesses in wealthy countries to close or move overseas. Productivity increases have allowed those firms that have chosen to remain behind to do more with fewer workers. Together, these changes in the international economy have sapped the crucial business support necessary for more open immigration policies at home, empowered anti-immigrant groups, and spurred greater controls on migration. Debunking the commonly held belief that domestic social concerns are the deciding factor in determining immigration policy, Trading Barriers demonstrates the important and influential role played by international trade and capital movements.

Books on Trial - Red Scare in the Heartland (Hardcover): Shirley A. Wiegand, Wayne A. Wiegand Books on Trial - Red Scare in the Heartland (Hardcover)
Shirley A. Wiegand, Wayne A. Wiegand
R747 Discovery Miles 7 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"How civil liberties triumphed over national insecurity"

Between the two major red scares of the twentieth century, a police raid on a Communist Party bookstore in Oklahoma City marked an important lesson in the history of American freedom.

In a raid on the Progressive Bookstore in 1940, local officials seized thousands of books and pamphlets and arrested twenty customers and proprietors. All were detained incommunicado and many were held for months on unreasonably high bail. Four were tried for violating Oklahoma's "criminal syndicalism" law, and their convictions and ten-year sentences caused a nationwide furor. After protests from labor unions, churches, publishers, academics, librarians, the American Civil Liberties Union, members of the literary world, and prominent individuals ranging from Woody Guthrie to Eleanor Roosevelt, the convictions were overturned on appeal.

Shirley A. Wiegand and Wayne A. Wiegand share the compelling story of this important case for the first time. They reveal how state power--with support from local media and businesses--was used to trample individuals' civil rights during an era in which citizens were gripped by fear of foreign subversion.

Richly detailed and colorfully told, "Books on Trial "is a sobering story of innocent people swept up in the hysteria of their times. It marks a fascinating and unnerving chapter in the history of Oklahoma and of the First Amendment. In today's climate of shadowy foreign threats--also full of unease about the way government curtails freedom in the name of protecting its citizens--the past speaks to the present.

Liberal Suppression - Section 501(c)(3) and the Taxation of Speech (Hardcover): Philip Hamburger Liberal Suppression - Section 501(c)(3) and the Taxation of Speech (Hardcover)
Philip Hamburger
R1,133 R1,045 Discovery Miles 10 450 Save R88 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the course of exempting religious, educational, and charitable organizations from federal income tax, section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code requires them to refrain from campaign speech and much speech to influence legislation. These speech restrictions have seemed merely technical adjustments, which prevent the political use of a tax subsidy. But the cultural and legal realities are more disturbing. Tracing the history of American liberalism, including theological liberalism and its expression in nativism, Hamburger shows the centrality of turbulent popular anxieties about the Catholic Church and other potentially orthodox institutions. He argues persuasively that such theopolitical fears about the political speech of churches and related organizations underlay the adoption, in 1934 and 1954, of section 501(c)(3)'s speech limits. He thereby shows that the speech restrictions have been part of a broad majority assault on minority rights and that they are grossly unconstitutional. Along the way, Hamburger explores the role of the Ku Klux Klan and other nativist organizations, the development of American theology, and the cultural foundations of liberal "democratic" political theory. He also traces important legal developments such as the specialization of speech rights and the use of law to homogenize beliefs. Ultimately, he examines a wide range of contemporary speech restrictions and the growing shallowness of public life in America. His account is an unflinching look at the complex history of American liberalism and at the implications for speech, the diversity of belief, and the nation's future.

The Irish Parliament, 1613-89 - The Evolution of a Colonial Institution (Hardcover): Coleman A Dennehy The Irish Parliament, 1613-89 - The Evolution of a Colonial Institution (Hardcover)
Coleman A Dennehy
R2,153 R1,940 Discovery Miles 19 400 Save R213 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Irish parliament was both the scene of frequent political battles and an important administrative and legal element of the state machinery of early modern Ireland. This institutional study looks at how parliament dispatched its business on a day-to-day basis. It takes in major areas of responsibility such as creating law, delivering justice, conversing with the executive and administering parliamentary privilege. Its ultimate aim is to present the Irish parliament as one of many such representative assemblies emerging from the feudal state and into the modern world, with a changing set of responsibilities that would inevitably transform the institution and how it saw both itself and the other political assemblies of the day. -- .

Chinese Refugee Law and Policy (Hardcover): Lili Song Chinese Refugee Law and Policy (Hardcover)
Lili Song
R2,526 Discovery Miles 25 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is the first to systematically examine Chinese refugee law and policy. It provides in-depth legal and policy analysis and makes recommendations to relevant stakeholders, drawing upon not only existing legal and policy scholarships but also empirical information acquired through field visits and interviews with refugees, former refugees, and staff of governmental and non-governmental organisations working with displaced population. It is a timely response to rapidly growing international interest in and demand for information about Chinese and Asian approaches to refugee protection in academia and the policy sector.

The Euro Area Crisis in Constitutional Perspective (Hardcover): Alicia Hinarejos The Euro Area Crisis in Constitutional Perspective (Hardcover)
Alicia Hinarejos
R1,883 Discovery Miles 18 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The euro area sovereign debt crisis has been the greatest threat to the euro since its inception, but the consequences of the crisis go well beyond the realm of macroeconomics: the crisis has cast doubt on the viability of a mechanism of integration such as the one envisaged in Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), and on the future of the European Union as a political project in the face of citizens' growing disaffection. The various responses to the crisis have not only altered the principles underlying EMU; they have also had a profound impact on the constitutional orders of the EU and its Member States. This book focuses on the euro area crisis and its aftermath from a constitutional perspective. It provides a critical analysis of the workings and evolution of Economic and Monetary Union, the changes brought by the crisis and their broader effects, and the constitutional obstacles to integration in this area. Looking forward, it tackles the uncertain future of economic and fiscal integration and the challenges posed. This is a compelling and incisive account of some of the most significant developments and dilemmas facing the European Union since its creation.

The Rights of Indians and Tribes (Paperback, 4th Revised edition): Stephen Pevar The Rights of Indians and Tribes (Paperback, 4th Revised edition)
Stephen Pevar
R772 Discovery Miles 7 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Rights of Indians and Tribes, first published in 1983, has sold over 100,000 copies and is the most popular resource in the field of Federal Indian Law. The book, which explains this complex subject in a clear and easy-to-understand way, is particularly useful for tribal advocates, government officials, students, practitioners of Indian law, and the general public. Numerous tribal leaders highly recommend this book. Incorporating a user-friendly question-and-answer format, The Rights of Indians and Tribes addresses the most significant legal issues facing Indians and Indian tribes today, including tribal sovereignty, the federal trust responsibility, the regulation of non-Indians on reservations, Indian treaties, the Indian Civil Rights Act, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and the Indian Child Welfare Act. This fully-updated new edition features an introduction by John Echohawk, Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund.

India's Founding Moment - The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy (Hardcover): Madhav Khosla India's Founding Moment - The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy (Hardcover)
Madhav Khosla
R1,013 R852 Discovery Miles 8 520 Save R161 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How India's Constitution came into being and instituted democracy after independence from British rule. Britain's justification for colonial rule in India stressed the impossibility of Indian self-government. And the empire did its best to ensure this was the case, impoverishing Indian subjects and doing little to improve their socioeconomic reality. So when independence came, the cultivation of democratic citizenship was a foremost challenge. Madhav Khosla explores the means India's founders used to foster a democratic ethos. They knew the people would need to learn ways of citizenship, but the path to education did not lie in rule by a superior class of men, as the British insisted. Rather, it rested on the creation of a self-sustaining politics. The makers of the Indian Constitution instituted universal suffrage amid poverty, illiteracy, social heterogeneity, and centuries of tradition. They crafted a constitutional system that could respond to the problem of democratization under the most inhospitable conditions. On January 26, 1950, the Indian Constitution-the longest in the world-came into effect. More than half of the world's constitutions have been written in the past three decades. Unlike the constitutional revolutions of the late eighteenth century, these contemporary revolutions have occurred in countries characterized by low levels of economic growth and education, where voting populations are deeply divided by race, religion, and ethnicity. And these countries have democratized at once, not gradually. The events and ideas of India's Founding Moment offer a natural reference point for these nations where democracy and constitutionalism have arrived simultaneously, and they remind us of the promise and challenge of self-rule today.

The Freedom of Information Officer's Handbook (Paperback): Paul Gibbons The Freedom of Information Officer's Handbook (Paperback)
Paul Gibbons
R1,752 Discovery Miles 17 520 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Freedom of information (FOI) is now an international phenomenon with over 100 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe enacting the right to know for their citizens. Since 2005, the UK's Freedom of Information Act has opened up thousands of public bodies to unparalleled scrutiny and prompted further moves to transparency. Wherever the right to know is introduced, its success depends on the way it is implemented. In organisations worldwide, FOI only works because of those who oversee its operation on a day-to-day basis, promoting openness, processing requests and advising colleagues and the public. FOI is dependent on the FOI Officers. The Freedom of Information Officer's Handbook is a comprehensive guide to FOI and its management. It is designed to be an indispensable tool for FOI Officers and their colleagues. It includes: a guide to the UK's FOI Act, the right to know and the exemptions clear analysis of the most important case law and its implications for the handling of FOI requests pointers to the best resources to help FOI officers in their work explanations of how FOI interacts with other legislation, including detailed explorations of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and how the EU's General Data Protection Regulation impacts on FOI a look at requirements to proactively publish information and the effect of copyright and re-use laws on FOI and open data comparisons of the UK's Act with FOI legislation in other jurisdictions from Scotland to South Africa an exploration of the role of the FOI Officer: who they are, what they do, their career development and what makes them effective suggestions on how to embed FOI within an organisation using effective procedures, technology and training a stage-by-stage guide to processing requests for information. The Freedom of Information Officers' Handbook includes the latest developments in FOI including amendments made to the UK's FOI Act by the Data Protection Act 2018 and the revised s.45 code of practice published by the Cabinet Office in July 2018.

The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Linda Greenhouse The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Linda Greenhouse
R247 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R47 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For 30 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse chronicled the activities of the U.S. Supreme Court and its justices as a correspondent for the New York Times. In this Very Short Introduction, she draws on her deep knowledge of the court's history and of its written and unwritten rules to show readers how the Supreme Court really works. Greenhouse offers a fascinating institutional biography of a place and its people-men and women who exercise great power but whose names and faces are unrecognized by many Americans and whose work often appears cloaked in mystery. How do cases get to the Supreme Court? How do the justices go about deciding them? What special role does the chief justice play? What do the law clerks do? How does the court relate to the other branches of government? Greenhouse answers these questions by depicting the justices as they confront deep constitutional issues or wrestle with the meaning of confusing federal statutes. Throughout, the author examines many individual Supreme Court cases to illustrate points under discussion, ranging from Marbury v. Madison, the seminal case which established judicial review, to the recent District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), which struck down the District of Columbia's gun-control statute and which was, surprisingly, the first time in its history that the Court issued an authoritative interpretation of the Second Amendment. To add perspective, Greenhouse also compares the Court to foreign courts, revealing interesting differences. For instance, no other country in the world has chosen to bestow life tenure on its judges. The second edition of Greenhouse's Very Short Introduction tracks the changes in the Court's makeup over the last eight years, considers the landmark decisions of the Obama and Trump eras, and reexamines the precarious fates of such precedents as Roe v. Wade. A superb overview packed with telling details, this volume offers a matchless introduction to one of the pillars of American government.

We Have Not a Government - The Articles of Confederation and the Road to the Constitution (Paperback): George William Van Cleve We Have Not a Government - The Articles of Confederation and the Road to the Constitution (Paperback)
George William Van Cleve
R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1783, as the Revolutionary War came to a close, Alexander Hamilton resigned in disgust from the Continental Congress after it refused to consider a fundamental reform of the Articles of Confederation. Just four years later, that same government collapsed, and Congress grudgingly agreed to support the 1787 Philadelphia Constitutional Convention, which altered the Articles beyond recognition. What occurred during this remarkably brief interval to cause the Confederation to lose public confidence and inspire Americans to replace it with a dramatically more flexible and powerful government? We Have Not a Government is the story of this contentious moment in American history. In George William Van Cleve's book, we encounter a sharply divided America. The Confederation faced massive war debts with virtually no authority to compel its members to pay them. It experienced punishing trade restrictions and strong resistance to American territorial expansion from powerful European governments. Bitter sectional divisions that deadlocked the Continental Congress arose from exploding western settlement. And a deep, long-lasting recession led to sharp controversies and social unrest across the country amid roiling debates over greatly increased taxes, debt relief, and paper money. Van Cleve shows how these remarkable stresses transformed the Confederation into a stalemate government and eventually led previously conflicting states, sections, and interest groups to advocate for a union powerful enough to govern a continental empire. Touching on the stories of a wide-ranging cast of characters--including John Adams, Patrick Henry, Daniel Shays, George Washington, and Thayendanegea--Van Cleve makes clear that it was the Confederation's failures that created a political crisis and led to the 1787 Constitution. Clearly argued and superbly written, We Have Not a Government is a must-read history of this crucial period in our nation's early life.

The Religion Clauses - The Case for Separating Church and State (Hardcover): Erwin Chemerinsky, Howard Gillman The Religion Clauses - The Case for Separating Church and State (Hardcover)
Erwin Chemerinsky, Howard Gillman
R576 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Throughout American history, views on the proper relationship between the state and religion have been deeply divided. And, with recent changes in the composition of the Supreme Court, First Amendment law concerning religion is likely to change dramatically in the years ahead. In The Religion Clauses, Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman, two of America's leading constitutional scholars, begin by explaining how freedom of religion is enshrined in the First Amendment through two provisions. They defend a robust view of both clauses and work from the premise that that the establishment clause is best understood, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, as creating a wall separating church and state. After examining all the major approaches to the meaning of the Constitution's religion clauses, they contend that the best approaches are for the government to be strictly secular and for there to be no special exemptions for religious people from neutral and general laws that others must obey. In an America that is only becoming more diverse with respect to religion, this is not only the fairest approach, but the one most in tune with what the First Amendment actually prescribes. Both a pithy primer on the meaning of the religion clauses and a broad-ranging indictment of the Court's misinterpretation of them in recent years, The Religion Clauses shows how a separationist approach is most consistent with the concerns of the founders who drafted the Constitution and with the needs of a religiously pluralistic society in the 21st century.

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