Covenant and Constitutionalism: The Great Frontier and the Matrix of Federal Democracy

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Transaction Publishers, 1998 - Political Science - 287 pages

This volume traces the trends and the developing relationships of constitutionalism and covenant that ultimately led to the transformation of the latter into the former. Elazar explores the paths that emerged out of the constitutionalized covenantal tradition in Europe such as federalism, communitarianism, and the cooperative movement.

 

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Contents

Covenant and the American Founding
19
The Revolution and the Declaration of Independence
49
Constitutions as Covenants
77
The United States The Covenant Challenged
101
Covenant and Contending Principles in the Expansion of the United States
103
Slavery and Secession Covenant versus Compact
125
Covenant and the Challenges of Human Nature
147
The Sum of Covenantal Expressions
169
Covenant on the Great Frontier
193
The Western Hemisphere False and Real Frontiers
195
Covenant as a TheoPolitical Tradition A Summary Statement
245
Index
275
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About the author (1998)

Daniel J. Elazar (1934-1999) was president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Federalism at Temple University. His many books include the four-volume The Covenant Tradition in Politics (Transaction).

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