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Hidden Laws

How State Constitutions Stabilize American Politics

Robinson Woodward-Burns

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How state constitutional reform guides and stabilizes American constitutional and political development

State constitution reform guides and stabilizes American constitutional and political development. Using data sets and historical case studies, Robinson Woodward-Burns shows how the federal government has repeatedly deferred to state constitutional reform to manage or address difficult national constitutional controversies, including conflicts over the regulation of slavery, banking and taxation, women’s suffrage, labor and welfare rights, voting and civil rights, and gender discrimination.

Yale University Press, 9780300248692, 360pp.

Publication Date: June 29, 2021



About the Author

Robinson Woodward-Burns is an assistant professor of political science at Howard University. He lives in Washington, DC.