Table of contents for The Constitution and America's destiny / David Brian Robertson.

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List of Tables
List of Figures
1: Politics and the Constitution
How Historians and Social Scientists Have Approached the Constitution
A Political Approach to Understanding the Constitution's Design
Political and Economic Circumstances
Policy Strategies for the Constitution
A Policy Map of the Constitution
The Politics the Constitution Made
2: The Policy Crisis of the 1780s
The Independent American States
The States' Diverse and Conflicting Interests
The Politics of the Articles of Confederation
Finance, Trade, and the Political Failure of theConfederation
Finance: The Foundation of Government Power
Commerce: The Foundation of EconomicManagement
From Crisis to Cure
3: James Madison's Strategy for the Constitutional Convention
Growing Support for National Political Reform
Momentum for Market-Driven Economic Development
The Road to Philadelphia
James Madison as Policy Strategist
Madison's Diagnosis
Madison's Cure
The Virginia Plan
Madison's Challenge
4: The Political Landscape of the Constitutional Convention
The Imprecision of Republican Ideals
Politics and Constitutional Design
Policy Authority
Policy Agency
The Policy Process
Madison's Coalition
Madison's Opponents
Roger Sherman's Counteragenda
The History of the Convention
The Politics of Constitution-Making
5: Who Governs? Constituting Policy Agency
Policy Agency and the Constitutional Convention
Opposition to the Virginia Plan
A Counteragenda Emerges
Madison's Defeat on the Senate
War of Attrition over Policy Agency
The President
Judges, Ambassadors and Administrators
The Constitution, Policy Agency, and PoliticalStrategy
6: What Can Be Governed? Constituting Policy Authority
The Struggle over Power and Sovereignty
Dividing Sovereignty
Bargaining on Slavery and Trade
Protecting State Authority
Economic Development
The Military
Individual Behavior
Neutralizing Taxes
Nurturing Markets
Delegating Authority to Politics
The Constitution, Policy Authority, and Political Strategy
7: How is the Nation Governed? Constituting the Policy Process
The Dilemma of Republican Policy-Making
Building the House of Representatives
The Rise of the Senate
The Counterattack Against the Senate
The Rise of Presidential Independence
The Veto
Foreign Policy
The Policy Agenda
Multiple Office-Holding
Collective Advice
The Rise of the Courts
Amending the Constitution
The Constitution, the Policy Process, and Political Strategy
8: Our Inheritance: The Constitution and American Politics
Bringing the Constitution to Life
Using the Constitution: Enduring Features
The Constitution as a Political Weapon
Difficulties of Using State Authority
Difficulties of Using National Authority
The Constitution, Interest Groups and Political Parties
The Distinctive Politics of American Industrialization
Our Challenge

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Constitutional history -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1789.