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Contents List of Tables List of Figures Preface Acknowledgments 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 Congress The President Judges, Ambassadors and Administrators Ratification 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 Property Commerce Economic Development The Military Individual Behavior Rights 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 Appointments 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.