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Levinson, Sanford 1941-

Works: 104 works in 403 publications in 2 languages and 24,619 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works  Constitution  Constitutional amendments  Sources  Essays  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: KF8742.Z9, 347.7326
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Most widely held works about Sanford Levinson
Most widely held works by Sanford Levinson
The American Supreme Court by Robert G McCloskey( Book )

28 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 2,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Previous editions published : 1994 (2nd), and 1960 (1st)
Torture : a collection by Sanford Levinson( Book )

37 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Torture: A Collection brings together leading lawyers, political theorists, social scientists, and public intellectuals to debate the advisability of maintaining the absolute ban of torture and to reflect on what it says about our societies if we do - or do not - adhere to it in all circumstances. One important question is how we define torture at all."--Jacket
Constitutional faith by Sanford Levinson( Book )

30 editions published between 1987 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book is intended to make clearer the ambiguities of "constitutional faith," i.e. wholehearted attachment to the Constitution as the center of one's (and ultimately the nation's) political life."--The introduction
Our undemocratic constitution : where the constitution goes wrong (and how we the people can correct it) by Sanford Levinson( Book )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Taking a hard look at our much-venerated Constitution, Sanford Levinson here argues that too many of its provisions promote either unjust or ineffective government. Under the existing blueprint, we can neither rid ourselves of incompetent presidents nor assure continuity of government following catastrophic attacks. Less important, perhaps, but certainly problematic, is the appointment of Supreme Court judges for life. Adding insult to injury, the U.S. Constitution is the most difficult to amend or update of any constitution currently existing in the world today. Democratic debate leaves few stones unturned, but we tend to take our basic constitutional structures for granted. Levinson boldly challenges the American people to undertake a long overdue public discussion on how they might best reform this most hallowed document and construct a constitution adequate to our democratic values."--Jacket
Power and community; dissenting essays in political science by Philip Green( Book )

12 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fault lines in the Constitution : the framers, their fights, and the flaws that affect us today by Cynthia Levinson( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gridlock! Gerrymandering! The Electoral college! How did our government get so complicated? As it turns out, many of the issues we struggle with today have their roots in the creation of the United States Constitution. Husband-and-wife team Cynthis Levinson and Sanford Levinson take us back to the beginnings of this document and show how these fault lines were first introduced - and how their unintended consequences continue to affect us today. The Framers of the Constitution, they remind us, faced many of the same challenges and disputes that we do in the twenty-first century. Sometimes there was conflict, sometimes compromise - and the Framers met most of the challenges with great skill and foresight. Some issues, however, were just too complex or controversial to settle in such a brief time. Today we are still suffering from the consequences of disputes and decisions made in an overheated room in 1787, as a new form of government for our country was being created. -- from dust jacket
Wrestling with diversity by Sanford Levinson( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Responding to imperfection : the theory and practice of constitutional amendment by Sanford Levinson( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An increasing number of constitutional theorists, within both the legal academy and university departments of government, are focusing on the conceptual and political problems attached to the notion of constitutional amendment. Amendments are, among other things, recognitions of the imperfection of existing schemes of government. The relative ease or difficulty of amendment has significant implications for the ways that governments respond to problems that call either for new structures of governance or new powers for already established structures. This book brings together essays by leading legal authorities and political scientists on a range of questions from whether the U.S. Constitution is subject to amendment by procedures other than those authorized by Article V to how significant change is conceptualized within classical rabbinic Judaism. Though the essays are concerned for the most part with the American experience, other constitutional traditions are considered as well. The contributors include Bruce Ackerman, Akhil Reed Amar, Mark E. Brandon, David R. Dow, Stephen M. Griffin, Stephen Holmes and Cass R. Sunstein, Sanford Levinson, Donald Lutz, Walter Murphy, Frederick Schauer, John R. Vile, and Noam J. Zohar
Interpreting law and literature : a hermeneutic reader( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford handbook of the U.S. Constitution( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution offers a comprehensive overview and introduction to the U.S. Constitution from the perspectives of history, political science, law, rights, and constitutional themes, while focusing on its development, structures, rights, and role in the U.S. political system and culture. This Handbook enables readers within and beyond the U.S. to develop a critical comprehension of the literature on the Constitution, along with accessible and up-to-date analysis. The historical essays included in this Handbook cover the Constitution from 1620 right through the Reagan Revolution to the present. Essays on political science detail how contemporary citizens in the United States rely extensively on political parties, interest groups, and bureaucrats to operate a constitution designed to prevent the rise of parties, interest-group politics, and an entrenched bureaucracy. The essays on law explore how contemporary citizens appear to expect and accept the exertions of power by a Supreme Court, whose members are increasingly disconnected from the world of practical politics. Essays on rights discuss how contemporary citizens living in a diverse multi-racial society seek guidance on the meaning of liberty and equality from a Constitution originally designed for a society in which all politically relevant persons shared the same race, gender, religion, and ethnicity. Lastly, the essays on themes explain how in a "globalized" world, people living in the United States can continue to be governed by a constitution originally meant for a society geographically separated from the rest of the "civilized world." Whether a return to the pristine constitutional institutions of the founding or a translation of these constitutional norms in the present is possible remains the central challenge of U.S. constitutionalism today--From back cover
Written in stone : public monuments in changing societies by Sanford Levinson( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text considers the responses of ever-changing societies to the monuments and commemorations created by past regimes or outmoded cultural and political systems. Drawing on examples from Albania to Zimbabwe, and paying particular attention to examples throughout South America, this book looks at social and legal arguments regarding the display, construction, modification and destruction of public monuments. The aim of the book is to offer a meditation on how national cultures have been or may yet be defined through the deployment of public monuments
Framed : America's fifty-one constitutions and the crisis of governance by Sanford Levinson( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 'Framed', Levinson challenges the belief that the most important features of America's 51 constitutions concern what rights they protect. Instead, he focuses on the fundamental procedures of governance such as congressional bicameralism, the selection of the President by the electoral college, or the dimensions of the President's veto power - not to mention the near impossibility of amending the United States Constitution
Constitutional stupidities, constitutional tragedies by William N Eskridge( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Constitution is the cornerstone of American government, hailed as one of the greatest contributions of the Western Enlightenment. While many seem content simply to celebrate it, those most familiar with the document invariably find it wanting in at least some aspects. This unique volume brings together many of the country's most esteemed constitutional commentators and invites them to answer two questions: First, what is the stupidest provision of the Constitution? "Stupid" need not mean evil. Thus, a second, related question is whether the scholar-interpreter would be forced to
An argument open to all : reading The Federalist in the twenty-first century by Sanford Levinson( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In An Argument Open to All, renowned legal scholar Sanford Levinson takes a novel approach to what is perhaps America's most famous political tract. Rather than concern himself with the authors as historical figures, or how The Federalist helps us understand the original intent of the framers of the Constitution, Levinson examines each essay for the political wisdom it can offer us today. In eighty-five short essays, each keyed to a different essay in The Federalist, he considers such questions as whether present generations can rethink their constitutional arrangements; how much effort we should exert to preserve America's traditional culture; and whether The Federalist's arguments even suggest the desirability of world government."--Jacket
Loyalty by Sanford Levinson( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Featuring essays by scholars working in a variety of subjects, [this book] presents diverse perspectives on dilemmas posed by potential conflicts between loyalties to specific institutions or professional roles and more universalistic conceptions of moral duty. Beings with a philosophical exploration of theories of loyalty, both Eastern and Western, then moves on to examine several problematic situations in which loyalty is often a factor: partisan politics, the armed forces, and lawyer-client relationships"--Publisher description
Evolution and morality by James E Fleming( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume ... emerged from papers and commentaries given at the annual meeting of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy (ASPLP) in Boston on August 28-29, 2008"--Preface
The Louisiana Purchase and American expansion, 1803-1898 by Sanford Levinson( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this collection, Sanford Levinson and Bartholomew H. Sparrow bring together noted scholars in American history, constitutional law, and political science to examine the role that the Louisiana Purchase played in shaping both the expansionist policies of the nineteenth century and critical interpretations of the Constitution. The Louisiana Purchase and American Expansion, 1803-1898 provides an overview of how the U.S. Constitution and the American political system are inextricably tied to the Louisiana Purchase and the territorial expansion of the United States."--Jacket
Legal canons by J. M Balkin( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and Spanish and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Every discipline has its canon: the set of standard texts, approaches, examples, and stories by which it is recognized and which its members repeatedly invoke and employ. Although the last twenty-five years have seen the influence of interdisciplinary approaches to legal studies expand, there has been little recent consideration of what is and what ought to be canonical in the study of law today. Legal Canons brings together fifteen essays which seek to map out the legal canon and the way in which law is taught today. In order to understand how the twin ideas of canons and canonicity operate i
American conservatism by Sanford Levinson( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The topic of American conservatism is especially timely, and perhaps volatile. Is there what might be termed an 'exceptional' form of conservatism that is characteristically American, in contrast to conservatisms found in other countries? Are views that are identified in the United States as conservative necessarily congruent with what political theorists might classify under that label? Or does much American conservatism almost necessarily reflect the distinctly liberal background of American political thought? [This book reflects] on these crucial questions, unpacking the very nature and development of American conservative thought. They examine both the historical and contemporary realities of arguments offered by self-conscious conservatives in the United States, offering a well-rounded view of the state of this field. In addition to synoptic overviews of the various dimensions of American conservative thought, specific attention is paid to such topics as American constitutionalism, the role of religion and religious institutions, and the particular impact of the late Leo Strauss on American thought and thinkers. Just as American conservatism includes a wide, and sometimes conflicting, group of thinkers, the essays in this volume themselves reflect differing and sometimes controversial assessments of the theorists under discussion."--
Framed : America's 51 constitutions and the crisis of governance by Sanford Levinson( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his widely acclaimed volume Our Undemocratic Constitution, Sanford Levinson boldly argued that our Constitution should not be treated with "sanctimonious reverence," but as a badly flawed document deserving revision. Now Levinson takes us deeper, asking what were the original assumptions underlying our institutions, and whether we accept those assumptions 225 years later. In Framed, Levinson challenges our belief that the most important features of our constitutions concern what rights they protect. Instead, he focuses on the fundamental procedures of governance such as congression
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Torture : a collection
Alternative Names
Levinson, Sanford

Levinson, Sanford V. 1941-

Levinson, Sanford Victor.

Levinson, Sanford Victor 1941-

Sanford Levinson

Sanford, Levinson 1941-

Sanford Levinson American political writer


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Spanish (1)

Torture : a collectionConstitutional faithOur undemocratic constitution : where the constitution goes wrong (and how we the people can correct it)Wrestling with diversityResponding to imperfection : the theory and practice of constitutional amendmentWritten in stone : public monuments in changing societiesConstitutional stupidities, constitutional tragediesThe Louisiana Purchase and American expansion, 1803-1898Legal canons