Constitutional Commentary was founded in 1984 and is one of the few faculty-edited law journals in the country. It enjoys a wide following among legal scholars, historians, political scientists and others interested in constitutional law and history. Part of its popularity is due to the editors’ preference for “shorter and less ponderous articles” as opposed to the more lengthy and heavily footnoted articles found in traditional law reviews.

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Submissions from 1986

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Book Review: Democratic Theories and the Constitution. by Martin Edelman., Mark S. Pulliam

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Book Review: Constitutional Choices. by Laurence H. Tribe., Jeremy Rabkin

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Book Review: The Goldmark Case: An American Libel Trial. by William L. Dwyer., Carol T. Rieger

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Book Review: Constitutional Reform and Effective Government. by James L. Sundquist., Frank J. Sorauf

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Caught in a Political Thicket: The Supreme Court and Campaign Finance., Frank J. Sorauf

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Book Review: Out of Order: Affirmative Action and the Crisis of Doctrinaire Liberalism. by Nicholas Capaldi., Marylee C. Taylor

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Sloppiness in the Supreme Court, O.T. 1935- O.T. 1944., Mark Tushnet

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Book Review: How Does the Constitution Secure Rights? Edited by Robert A. Goldwin and William Schambra., Charles Umbanhowar

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Book Review: Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story: Statesman of the Old Republic. by R. Kent Newmyer., Sandra F. VanBurkleo

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Book Review: The New American Dilemma: Liberal Democracy and School Desegregation. by Jennifer L. Hochschild., Aaron Wildavsky

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Book Review: Distributive Justice: A Social- Psychological Perspective. by Morton Deutsch; Equality in America: The View from the Top. by Sidney Verbat and Gary R. Orren., Catherine Zuckert

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Congressional Power Under the Fourteenth Amendment - the Original Understanding of Section Five., Michael P. Zuckert

Submissions from 1985

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Book Review: Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality? by Thomas Sowell., James D. Anderson

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Book Review: Disabling America: The "Rights Industry" in Our Time. by Richard E. Morgan; Tradition and Morality in Constitutional Law: The Francis Boyer Lectures on Public Policy. by Robert H. Bork., Carl A. Auerbach

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Teaching Constitutional Law: Some Uses of Themes., Carl A. Auerbach

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Book Review: The Crucible of Race: Black-White Relations in the American South Since Emancipation. by Joel Williamson., Catherine Barnes

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Book Review: on What the Constitution Means. by Sotirios Barber., Stanley C. Brubaker

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Between Two Constitutions: Feminism and Pornography., David P. Bryden

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Mencken and Holmes, David P. Bryden

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Book Review: The Reapportionment Puzzle. by Bruce E. Cain., Ward Elliott

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Sense and Nonsense About State Immunity, David E. Engdahl

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Murray's Modest Proposal--Abolishing Welfare and Affirmative Action, Daniel A. Farber

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Poverty, Earnings, and Discrimination, Daniel A. Farber

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But Cf. ..., Daniel A. Farber and David P. Bryden

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California's "Social Content" Guidelines for Textbooks, Daniel A. Farber and David P. Bryden

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Justice Harlan and the First Amendment., Daniel A. Farber and John E. Nowak

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Book Review: Public Dollars for Private Schools: The Case of Tuition Tax Credits. Edited by Thomas James and Henry M. Levin., Chester E. Finn Jr.

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The Balanced Budget Amendment and Economic Thought., Edward Foster

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A Further Comment on Stare Decisis and the Overruling of National League of Cities., Philip P. Frickey

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Stare Decisis in Constitutional Cases: Reconsidering National League of Cities., Philip P. Frickey

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Lawyers, the New Class, and the Constitution., Nathan Glazer

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State-Court Protection of Individual Rights: The Historians' Neglect., David M. Gold

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Carrie Buck's Daughter, Stephen Jay Gould

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Book Review: on Courts and Democracy: Selected Nonjudicial Writings of J. Skelly Wright. Edited by Arthur Selwyn Miller; a "Capacity for Outrage": The Judicial Odyssey of J. Skelly Wright. by Arthur Selwyn Miller., Ernest van den Haag

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Book Review: Abortion and Infanticide. by Michael Tooley; Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood. by Kristin Luker; the Law Giveth: Legal Aspects of the Abortion Controversy. by Barbara Milbauef., Robert H. King

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Book Review: Journey from Jim Crow: The Desegregation of Southern Transit. by Catherine A. Barnes., J. Morgan Kousser

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Book Review: Constitutional Faiths: Felix Frankfurter, Hugo Black, and the Process of Judicial Decision Making. by Mark Silverstein., Philip B. Kurland

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Book Review: Constitutional Litigation. by Kenneth F. Ripple., Brian K. Landsberg

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Book Review: The Political Theory of the Federalist. by David F. Epstein., Ralph Lerner

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Book Review: Dimensions of Tolerance: What Americans Believe About Civil Liberties. by Herbert McClosky and Alida Brill., Sanford Levinson

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Book Review: Frank Murphy: The Washington Years. by Sidney Fine., Michael E. Parrish

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Presidential Appointments to the Supreme Court, William H. Rehnquist

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Lawyers' Criticism of Judges: Is Freedom of Speech a Figure of Speech?, Carol T. Rieger

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Book Review: Interpretations of the First Amendment. by W. Van Alstyne., Pierre Schlag

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Book Review: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Edited by Walter S. Tamopolsky and Gerald-A. Beaudoin., Stephen Allan Scott

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Book Review: The Little Rock Crisis: A Constitutional Interpretation. by Tony Freyer., Martin Shapiro

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Perspectives: Law in the Grand Manner, Suzanna Sherry

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Book Review: The Burden of Brown. by Raymond Wolters., Elaine W. Shoben

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Book Review: The Constitution: That Delicate Balance. by Fred W. Friendly and Martha J. H. Elliott., Mark Silverstein

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The Supreme Court and the Temple of Doom: A Short Story., Rodney A. Smolla

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Book Review: Reconsecrating America. by George Goldberg., Ruti G. Teite

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Limitations on the Constitutional Amending Process., John R. Vile

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Book Review: Louis D. Brandeis. by Philippa Strum; Brandeis and Frankfurter. by Leonard Baker., Michael P. Zuckert

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Liberalism and Nihilism: Contemporary Constrained Performance Theories of Justice., Michael P. Zuckert

Submissions from 1984

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Book Review: The Constitution, the Courts, and Human Rights: An Inquiry into the Legitimacy of Constitutional Policymaking by the Judiciary. by Michael J. Perry., Carl A. Auerbach

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Slouching Toward Constitutional Duty: The Legislative Veto and the Delegation of Authority, Stanley C. Brubaker

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Brandeis's Facts, David P. Bryden

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But Cf. ..., David P. Bryden

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Teaching Constitutional Law: An Eye for the Facts., David P. Bryden

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Teaching Constitutional Law: Homage to Clio, David P. Bryden

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Equal Treatment for Newcomers: The Core Meaning of National and State Citizenship., William Cohen

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Book Review: Equality Under the Constitution: Reclaiming the Fourteenth Amendment. by Judith A. Baer, Daniel A. Farber

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But Cf. ..., Daniel A. Farber and David P. Bryden

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Editors' Preface, Daniel A. Farber and David P. Bryden

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Observations: The Canadian Constitution, Daniel A. Farber and David P. Bryden

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Why Are Blacks Paid Less?, Daniel A. Farber and David P. Bryden

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The Ideological Origins of the Fourteenth Amendment, Daniel A. Farber and John E. Muench

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The Humanities and the Constitution, Paul A. Freund

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Personal Autonomy in "Democracy and Distrust", Michael J. Glennon

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E. T.: The Extra-Textual in Constitutional Interpretation, Gary Jacobsohn

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Book Review: The New Deal Lawyers. by Peter H. Irons, Victor H. Kramer

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Book Review: The Burger Court: The Counter-Revolution that Wasn't. Edited by Vincent Blasi, Samuel Krislov

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Book Review: Super Chief: Earl Warren and His Supreme Court-A Judicial Biography. by Bernard Schwartz., Thomas P. Lewis

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The Supreme Court's Quest for Fair Politics., John Moeller

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The Chief Justice of the United States: More than Just the Highest Ranking Judge, Alan B. Morrison and D. Scott Stenhouse

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Book Review: Justice at War. by Peter Irons., Paul L. Murphy

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Professor Rodell, the Burger Court, and Public Opinion, John E. Nowak

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Book Review: Brandeis. by Lewis J. Paper., Michael E. Parrish

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Book Review: Technologies of Freedom. by Ithiel De Sola Pool., Glen O. Robinson

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Usury in the Wake of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission V. Mississippi, Ronald D. Rotunda

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Book Review: Death Penalties: The Supreme Court's Obstacle Course. by Raoul Berger., Suzanna Sherry