The Invisible Constitution Inalienable Rights

Author: Laurence H. Tribe
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019530425X
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As everyone knows, the United States Constitution is a tangible, visible document. Many see it in fact as a sacred text, holding no meaning other than that which is clearly visible on the page. Yet as renowned legal scholar Laurence Tribe shows, what is not written in the Constitution plays a key role in its interpretation. Indeed some of the most contentious Constitutional debates of our time hinge on the extent to which it can admit of divergent readings.

In The Invisible Constitution, Tribe argues that there is an unseen constitution--impalpable but powerful--that accompanies the parchment version. It is the visible document's shadow, its dark matter: always there and possessing some of its key meanings and values despite its absence on the page. As Tribe illustrates, some of our most cherished and widely held beliefs about constitutional rights are not part of the written document, but can only be deduced by piecing together hints and clues from it. Moreover, some passages of the Constitution do not even hold today despite their continuing existence. Amendments may have fundamentally altered what the Constitution originally said about slavery and voting rights, yet the old provisos about each are still in the text, unrevised. Through a variety of historical episodes and key constitutional cases, Tribe brings to life this invisible constitution, showing how it has evolved and how it works. Detailing its invisible structures and principles, Tribe compellingly demonstrates the invisible constitution's existence and operative power.

Remarkably original, keenly perceptive, and written with Tribe's trademark analytical flair, this latest volume in Oxford's Inalienable Rights series offers a new way of understanding many of the central constitutional debates of our time.

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The Invisible Constitution Of Politics Contested Norms And International Encounters

Author: Antje Wiener
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521895960
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As social practices now frequently extend beyond national boundaries, experiences and expectations about fair and legitimate politics have become increasingly fragmented. Our ability to understand and interpret others and to tolerate difference, rather than overcome diversity, is therefore at risk. This book focuses on the contested meanings of norms in a world of increasing international encounters. The author argues that cultural practices are less visible than organisational practices, but are constitutive for politics and need to be understood and empirically 'accounted' for. Comparing four elite groups in Europe, Antje Wiener shows how this invisible constitution of politics matters. By comparing individual interpretations of norms such as democracy and human rights, she shows how they can mean different things, even to frequently travelling elite groups.

When The Senate Worked For Us The Invisible Role Of Staffers In Countering Corporate Lobbies

Author: Michael Pertschuk
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
ISBN: 0826521665
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Every politically sentient American knows that Congress has been dominated by special interests, and many people do not remember a time when Congress legislated in the public interest. In the 1960s and '70s, however, lobbyists were aggressive but were countered by progressive senators and representatives, as several books have documented.

What has remained untold is the major behind-the-scenes contribution of entrepreneurial Congressional staff, who planted the seeds of public interest bills in their bosses' minds and maneuvered to counteract the influence of lobbyists to pass laws in consumer protection, public health, and other policy arenas crying out for effective government regulation. They infuriated Nixon's advisor, John Ehrlichman, who called them "bumblebees," a name they wore as a badge of honor.

For his insider account, Pertschuk draws on many interviews, as well as his fifteen years serving on the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee that Senator Warren Magnuson chaired and as the committee's Democratic Staff Director. That committee became, in Ralph Nader's words, "the Grand Central Station for consumer protection advocates."

Your Atomic Self The Invisible Elements That Connect You To Everything Else In The Universe

Author: Curt Stager
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN: 1250018846
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What do atoms have to do with your life? In Your Atomic Self, scientist Curt Stager reveals how they connect you to some of the most amazing things in the universe.

You will follow your oxygen atoms through fire and water and from forests to your fingernails. Hydrogen atoms will wriggle into your hair and betray where you live and what you have been drinking. The carbon in your breath will become tree trunks, and the sodium in your tears will link you to long-dead oceans. The nitrogen in your muscles will help to turn the sky blue, the phosphorus in your bones will help to turn the coastal waters of North Carolina green, the calcium in your teeth will crush your food between atoms that were mined by mushrooms, and the iron in your blood will kill microbes as it once killed a star.

You will also discover that much of what death must inevitably do to your body is already happening among many of your atoms at this very moment and that, nonetheless, you and everyone else you know will always exist somewhere in the fabric of the universe.

You are not only made of atoms; you are atoms, and this book, in essence, is an atomic field guide to yourself.


Mao S Invisible Hand The Political Foundations Of Adaptive Governance In China Harvard Contemporary China Series

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Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center
ISBN: 0674060636
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Observers have been predicting the demise of China’s Communist state since Mao’s death. Yet policymakers have managed the fastest sustained economic expansion in world history. This book shows that many contemporary techniques of governance have their roots in experimental policy generation and implementation dating to the revolution and early PRC.

The Invisible Constitution Of Politics Contested Norms And International Encounters

Author: Antje Wiener
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107404401
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As social practices now frequently extend beyond national boundaries, experiences and expectations about fair and legitimate politics have become increasingly fragmented. Our ability to understand and interpret others and to tolerate difference, rather than overcome diversity, is therefore at risk. This book focuses on the contested meanings of norms in a world of increasing international encounters. The author argues that cultural practices are less visible than organisational practices, but are constitutive for politics and need to be understood and empirically 'accounted' for. Comparing four elite groups in Europe, Antje Wiener shows how this invisible constitution of politics matters. By comparing individual interpretations of norms such as democracy and human rights, she shows how they can mean different things, even to frequently travelling elite groups.

The Invisible City Monetary Administrative And Popular Infrastructures In Asia And Europe 1500 1900 Collected Studies

Author: Frank Perlin
Publisher: Variorum
ISBN: 0860783421
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These five studies represent a detailed view of monetary production, forms of exchange and processes of state formation. They uncover the infrastructures of a common life that, the author argues, stretches across Asia and Europe and underlies all regional and local developments.

Invisible Governance International Secretariats In Global Politics

Author: John Mathiason
Publisher: Kumarian Press
ISBN: 156549220X
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International public servants and their far-reaching secretariats receive little press attention when nation-states take the spotlight in significant international events, which is why author John Mathiason and others commonly refer to them as invisible. But secretariats activities are constantly shaping the course of history with inspectors determining whether uranium enrichment in Iran is for peaceful purposes, maintaining surveillance on a possible bird flu epidemic (the World Health Organization), raising alarms about starvation in Zimbabwe (the World Food Programme), or passing judgment on former heads of state and military officers in the Balkans (the United Nations war crimes tribunal).

Having served as a member of the United Nations Secretariat for 25 years, author John Mathiason offers a unique behind-the-scenes view, taking readers through of the life and duties of an international public servant. Through personal accounts and extensive knowledge of a variety of international organizations, Mathiason covers the implications of being an influential, but "invisible" entity. He charts the difficulties in documenting scope and accountability, the issues such as disarmament, human rights, and environmental protection that he encountered while serving at the secretariat and charts the history of these dynamic and expansive entities present in every crucial event of the past century.

By looking at the international public sector as an actor in its own right, Invisible Governance provides a new perspective on the workings of the international system and tools and approaches for ensuring that the system works effectively and with accountability.

Invisible Nation How The Kurds Quest For Statehood Is Shaping Iraq And The Middle East

Author: Quil Lawrence
Publisher: Walker Books
ISBN: 0802717438
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The dramatic story of the Kurds and their quest to create a nation―essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the turmoil in Iraq will play out.

The American invasion of Iraq has been a success for one group: the Kurds. For centuries they have yearned for official statehood―and now, as one of the accidental outcomes of the invasion, the United States may have helped them take a big step toward that goal. Informed by his deep knowledge of the people and region, Quil Lawrence's intimate and unflinching portrait of the Kurds and their heretofore quixotic quest offers a vital and original lens through which to contemplate the future of Iraq and the surrounding Middle East.


The Invisible Constitution

Author: Laurence H. Tribe
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199740956
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Remarkably original, keenly perceptive, and written with Tribe's trademark analytical flair, this latest volume in Oxford's Inalienable Rights series offers a new way of understanding many of the central constitutional debates of our time.

The Invisible Constitution

Author: Laurence H. Tribe
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
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A distinguished legal scholar demonstrates that some of America's most cherished and widely held beliefs about constitutional rights are not part of the written document and can be only be deduced by piecing together hints and clues from it ...

The Death Of Treaty Supremacy

Author: David L. Sloss
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199364028
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This book provides the first detailed history of the Constitution's treaty supremacy rule, describing a process of invisible constitutional change.

Government And Politics In Hungary

Author: András Körösényi
Publisher: Central European University Press
ISBN: 9789639116764
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that 'the road to a seat on the Constitutional Court passes through the parties' (
Kilényi, 1990: 393, quoted in Toro, 1991: 281). ... It has sought to establish an
invisible constitution based upon the principle of the constitutional state that
deviates ...

The Invisible Crown

Author: David E. Smith
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442615850
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Originally published: Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995.

Healthcare Decision Making And The Law

Author: Mary Donnelly
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139491849
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Rather, the right is part of what Laurence Tribe calls, in respect of the United
State Constitution, the 'invisible constitution'1 While this does not diminish the
degree of support the right enjoys (not least because the right also has a basis in
the ...

Keeping Faith With The Constitution

Author: Goodwin Liu
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199752836
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The original understanding of the text is one source of interpretation, but not the only one; to preserve the meaning and authority of the document, to keep it vital, applications of the Constitution must be shaped by precedent, historical ...

The Revolutionary Constitution

Author: David J. Bodenhamer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019991303X
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The debate over how to interpret the Constitution has continued unabated from
the earliest days of the republic. ... The Invisible Constitution (New York: Oxford
University Press, 2008), concludes that most of our most fundamental
constitutional ...