The voice of the people

Hamlin, Alan (1999) The voice of the people. Constitutional Political Economy, 10, (4), 367-374. (doi:10.1023/A:1009075017193).


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Bruce Ackerman offers a view of American constitutional politics that stresses the fundamentally democratic nature of all American politics, and the increasingly national character of the American demos. The strength of the voice of the people, rather than constitutional due process, are the hallmark of episodes of constitutional reform. At the same time, Ackerman suggests that the American people need to reclaim their Constitution, and proposes that the voice of the people should be heard in a particular way—one involving clear elements of direct democracy. This essay seeks to interrogate the idea of the voice of the people—and the idea of direct democracy—as an appropriate basis for constitutional politics from a perspective that allows of expressive as well as instrumental political behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1023/A:1009075017193
ISSNs: 1043-4062 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 32945
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:59

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