Hidden Laws: How State Constitutions Stabilize American Politics
By Robinson Woodward-Burns
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.
Robinson Woodward-Burns is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University, where he researches and teaches on American constitutionalism, civil rights, federalism, DC politics and statehood, and slavery and abolition. He has published on abolitionism, constitutionalism, and social movements in The Journal of Politics, Polity, The Tulsa Law Review, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post. Hidden Laws is his first book.
Professor Woodward-Burns is a JMC fellow.
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