State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century, Vol. 2: Drafting State Constitutions, Revisions, and Amendments (SUNY Series in American Constitutionalism)

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Constitutional reform requires not only good ideas but also the ability to translate those ideas into language that will effectuate the drafters' aims. This book--the second of three volumes on state constitutions--is the essential guide for those involved in constitutional reform. It identifies the recurrent problems that reformers face in drafting or amending state constitutions and explores how those problems might be addressed. It also explains why drafting state constitutions is a distinctive enterprise, different from the drafting of other legal documents.

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Frank P. Grad is Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor Emeritus of Legislation at Columbia Law School.

Robert F. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies at Rutgers University at Camden. He is the author of State Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials, Third Edition.

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"This handbook is an invaluable guide for scholars, political leaders, and citizens who take an interest in drafting, revising, and amending state constitutions. Authored by the preeminent scholars of state constitutional law in the country, it provides an excellent introduction to this significant area of the law, and the footnotes offer guidance to those who will want to drill deeper into this important subject."

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