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Individuals’ “reverence” for constitutions acts as a barrier to constitutional change.

Zink, Jim (2017) Individuals’ “reverence” for constitutions acts as a barrier to constitutional change. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (03 Apr 2017). Website.

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Abstract

Of the 27 Amendments to the US Constitution, less than a handful has been enacted in the past 50 years. So why is constitutional change so difficult in the US? Jim Zink argues that, in addition to difficult amendment procedures, the people’s “reverence” for the constitution makes them reluctant to consider changes to it. Using two studies, he finds that proposals framed as constitutional changes were far less likely to receive support compared to those framed as changes to existing laws.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 15:06
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2020 23:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/76013

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