New Online Journal for American Constitutionalism: “Starting Points”

Starting Points: A Journal of American Principles & American Practices

The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri has launched an exciting new online journal, Starting Points. Unlike most other online publications, Starting Points is both rigorously non-partisan and interdisciplinary. It is dedicated to fostering an understanding of American constitutionalism and its history among academics and citizens.

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Recent articles include:

“U.S. Constitutional Democracy in the World”, by Jay Sexton

What does the U.S. founding of 1787 look like from an international perspective? When and why did U.S. constitutional democracy matter to the wider world? These questions speak to our current global age. More than that, they offer a starting point for the coming generation of scholarship that has already begun to change our understanding of the U.S. founding.

“The Unexceptional Nation: Donald Trump and Making America Great Again”, by Hilde Eliassen Restad

Since World War II, U.S. foreign policy has been operating under the assumption that the world needs U.S. leadership not just because of American military might, or because of the dollar, but also because of American ideals. This foreign policy tradition and its justification in American exceptionalism is opposed by the new American president.

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