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Constitutions of The United Chapter 2 Bianco & Canon
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Why Constitutions? n Limit the power of government Spell out procedures that limit gov’t authority n Constitutions Enhance legitimacy n Philosophical Roots Classic Liberal Thinkers n John Locke Natural Right, Consent of Governed Federalist Papers n US Constitution Product of Politics Compromise Document Designed to Achieve Specific Ends Not like This
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America’s First Constitution n Articles of Confederation Far Too Limited to Govern n Basic Powers Not Allowed – e.g. coin money Strong States, Weak Central Government Strong Legislature, Weak Executive Equal Representation n 1 Vote for Each State Supermajority Decision Rule (9 votes) Weak Centralized Administrative Power n Shays’s Rebellion
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n Constitution a Document of Compromise n Note Compromise Over: Majority rule vs. minority rights Large states vs. small states Legislative vs. executive power National vs. state and local power Slave states vs. nonslave states
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Call for Constitutional Revision n Virginia Plan Legislature n Bicameral Legislature n Apportionment by Population n Popularly Elected Lower House, Upper House Elected by Lower House Executive n Individual Selected by Lower House n Would Strengthen National Government
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