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 1993

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The State Action Paradox, Louis Michael Seidman

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Book Review: Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays. Edited by Robert P. George., Steven D. Smith

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Book Review: Money, Politics and Law: A Study of Electoral Campaign Finance Reform in Canada. by K.D. Ewing., Frank J. Sorauf

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Book Review: The Supreme Court and Partisan Realignment: A Macro- and Microlevel Perspective. by John B. Gates., Frank J. Sorauf

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State Action After the Civil Rights Era., David A. Strauss

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Book Note: The Language of the Constitution: A Sourcebook and Guide to the Ideas, Terms, and Vocabulary Used by the Framers of the United States Constitution. by Thurston Greene. Stuart B. Flexner, Editor-In-Chief., Suzanne Thorpe

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Correspondence, Carl Tobias

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What Do You Think About the Twenty-Seventh Amendment?, William W. Van Alstyne

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Book Review: Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination. by Joyce Appleby., Cynthia Ward

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Book Review: Creation and Abortion: A Study in Moral and Legal Philosophy. by Frances Myrna Kamm., Susan M. Wolf

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Book Review: Moral Foundations of Constitutional Thought: Current Problems, Augustinian Prospects. by Graham Walker., Michael P. Zucker!

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Book Review: Civil Rights, the Constitution, and Congress, 1863-1869. by Earl M. Maltz., Michael P. Zuckert

Submissions from 1992

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Takings and the Post-Modem Dialectic of Property., Gregory S. Alexander

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Book Review: William Wayne Justice-A Judicial Biography. by Frank R. Kemerer., Thomas E. Baker

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Book Review: Protectors of Privilege: Red Squads and Police Repression in Urban America. by Frank Donner., Michal R. Belknap

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Book Notes: A Theory of Property. by Stephen R. Munzer., Ann M. Burkhart

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A Mirror for the Magistrate, Paul Campos

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Whose Federalism?, Michael G. Collins

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Book Note: The American Polity: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Constitutional Government. by Edward J. Erler., Rikke Dierssen-Morice

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Book Notes: Lowering the Wall: Religion and the Supreme Court in the 1980s. by Gregg Ivers., Rikke A. Dierssen-Morice

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Book Review: Political Gerrymandering and the Courts. Edited by Bernard Grofman., Ward Elliott

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On Living Lies for Professional Reasons, John Hart Ely

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Book Review: Unfinished Business: A Civil Rights Strategy for America's Third Century. by Clint Bolick; Property and the Politics of Entitlement. by John Brigham; Regulatory Taking: The Limits of Land Use Controls. Edited by G. Richard Hill., James W. Ely Jr.

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Book Notes: The Logic of Delegation: Congressional Parties and the Appropriations Process. by D. Roderick Kiewiet and Mathew D. Mccubbins., Daniel A. Farber

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Book Notes: The Urban Underclass. by Christopher Jencks and Paul E. Peterson., Daniel A. Farber

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Public Choice and Just Compensation., Daniel A. Farber

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"Terminator 2 1/2'': The Constitution in an Alternate World., Daniel A. Farber

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Book Notes: A Woman's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences. by Alice Kessler-Harris., Dianne S. Farber

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Third Thoughts on Rust V. Sullivan and the First Amendment--Dean Stone's Supposed Killer Hypo, Charles Fried

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Book Review: The Fourth Estate and the Constitution. by Lucas A. Powe, Jr., Donald M. Gillmor

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The Second Amendment and the Ideology of Self-Protection., Don B. Kates Jr.

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Constitutionalia, Maurice Kelman

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Teaching Constitutional Law Differently., Philip C. Kissam

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Book Notes: America's Constitutional Soul. by Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., Bradley A. Kletscher

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Book Review: A "Representative" Supreme Court?: The Impact of Race, Religion, and Gender on Appointments. by Barbara A. Perry., Victor H. Kramer

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President Eisenhower's Handwritten Changes in the Brief on Relief in the School Segregation Cases: Minding the Whys and Wherefores., Victor H. Kramer

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Book Review: The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? by Gerald N. Rosenberg., Samuel Krislov

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The Original Constitution as a Bill of Rights., Leonard W. Levy

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America's First "Hate Speech" Regulation., Michael W. McConnell

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Don't Ever Discuss Rust V. Sullivan with a Lady in a Grocery Line., John B. Mitchell

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Book Review: Judicial Review and the Law of the Constitution. by Sylvia Snowiss., R. Kent Newmyer

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Chief Justice William Howard Taft and the Concept of Federalism., Robert C. Post

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Abstract Democracy: A Review of Ackerman's We the People. by Bruce Ackerman., Terrance Sandalow

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A Comment on Cass Sunstein's Equality. with Annotations by Larry Alexander, Emily Sherwin

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The People, the Senate and the Court: The Democratization of the Judicial Confirmation System., Mark Silverstein

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Book Review: Divided We Govern: Party Control, Lawmaking, and Investigations, 1946-1990. by David R. Mayhew., Steven S. Smith

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Book Review: Images of a Free Press. by Lee C. Bollinger., Rodney A. Smolla

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Book Note: "The Constitution of the People": Reflections on Citizens and Civil Society. Edited by Robert E. Calvert., William Stock

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Book Review: Private Property and the Limits of American Constitutionalism: The Madisonian Framework and Its Legacy. by Jennifer Nedelsky., Mark Tushnet

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Second Thoughts on Rust V. Sullivan and the First Amendment, William W. Van Alstyne

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Reflections on the Establishment of Constitutional Government in Eastern Europe., Jonathan D. Varat

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Book Review: Death and Discrimination: Racial Disparities in Capital Sentencing. by Samuel R. Gross and Robert Mauro., Franklin E. Zimring and Gordon Hawkins

Submissions from 1991

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Book Review: Courts, Corrections, and the Constitution: The Impact of Judicial Intervention on Prisons and Jails. Edited by John J. Diiulio, Jr., Elizabeth Alexander

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Book Review: Interpreting the Constitution: The Supreme Court and the Process of Adjudication. by Harry H. Wellington; on Reading the Constitution. by Laurence H. Tribe and Michael C. Dorf., Larry Alexander

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Book Review: Liberal Neutrality. Edited by Robert E. Goodin and Andrew Reeve., Larry Alexander

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The Top Ten Reasons to Be a Legal Pragmatist, Jack M. Balkin

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Book Review: Sexual Orientation and the Law. by the Editors of the Harvard Law Review., Beverly Balos

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Book Review: "Racial Matters": The FBI's Secret File on Black America, 1968-1972. by Kenneth O'Reilly., Michael R. Belknap

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Book Review: The Marshall Court and Cultural Change, 1815-1835. by G. Edward White; John Marshall's Achievement: Law, Politics, and Constitutional Interpretations. Edited by Thomas C. Shevory., Herman Belz

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The Dormant Commerce Clause Doctrine, Swift V. Tyson, Uniform State Commercial Laws, and Federal Common Law: Ships that Passed in the Night?, Boris I. Bittker

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Book Review: The New Right and the Constitution: Turning Back the Legal Clock. by Bernard Schwartz., David P. Bryden

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Book Review: Criminal Justice and the Supreme Court. Edited by Leonard W. Levy, Kenneth L. Karst, and Dennis J. Mahoney., Gerald Caplan

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Compromising on Abortion, Daniel O. Conkle

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In Pursuit of Liberty: The Levellers and the American Bill of Rights, Michael Kent Curtis

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Book Review: Tempered Zeal: A Columbia Law Professor's Year on the Streets with the New York City Police. by H. Richard Uviller., David Dolinko

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Book Review: Power and Prejudice: The Politics and Diplomacy of Racial Discrimination. by Paul Gordon Lauren., Mary L. Dudziak

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Kuwait, the Constitution, and the Courts: Two Cheers for Judge Greene, John Hart Ely

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Book Review: The Papers of Daniel Webster, Legal Papers, Volume 3: The Federal Practice. Andrew J. King Editor., James W. Ely Jr.

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Book Review: The New Freedom: Individualism and Collectivism in the Social Lives of Americans. by William A. Donohue., Edward J. Erler

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Book Review: Constitutional Cultures: The Mentality and Consequences of Judicial Review. by Robert F. Nagel., Maurice J. Holland

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Book Review: The Hollow Men: Politics and Corruption in Higher Education. by Charles J. Sykes., Maurice J. Holland

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Book Review: After the Rights Revolution: Reconceiving the Regulatory State. by Cass R. Sunstein; Law and Public Choice: A Critical Introduction. Daniel A. Farber and Philip P. Frickey., Herbert Hovenkamp

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Book Review: Liberty, Property, and the Future of Constitutional Development. Ellen Frankel Paul and Howard Dickman, Eds.; Judicial Power and Reform Politics: The Anatomy of Lochner V. New York. by Paul Kens., Herbert Hovenkamp

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Book Review: The Ascent of Pragmatism: The Burger Court in Action. by Bernard Schwartz., Herbert Hovenkamp

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Alpheus T. Mason and the Art of Judicial Biography., J. Woodford Howard Jr.

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Book Review: Peripheries and Center: Constitutional Development in the Extended Polities of the British Empire and the United States 1607-1788. by Jack P. Greene., James Hutson

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Book Review: Sexual Orientation and the Law. by Richard D. Mohr., Harry V. Jaffa

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Book Review: Constitutional Diplomacy. by Michael J. Glennon; Constitutionalism, Democracy, and Foreign Affairs. by Louis Henkin; the National Security Constitution: Sharing Power After the Iran-Contra Affair. by Harold Hongju Koh., Robert G. Kaufman

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Book Review: Constitution Making: Conflict and Consensus in the Federal Convention of 1787. by Calvin C. Jillson., Richard S. Kay

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Book Review: Zoning and the American Dream: Promises Still to Keep. Edited by Charles M. Haar and Jerold S. Kayden., Douglas W. Kmiec

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Correspondence, Victor H. Kramer

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A.T. Mason and the Corwin-Mason Tradition: Scholar and Teacher in the Modern Constitutional State., Samuel Krislov

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Vicious Stereotypes in Polite Society, Douglas Laycock

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The Futile Search for Alternative Media in Symbolic Speech Cases., William E. Lee

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The Irrelevance of San Francisco Arts & Athletics, Inc. V. United States Olympic Committee to the Flag Controversy., William E. Lee

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Accounting for Constitutional Change (Or, How Many Times Has the United States Constitution Been Amended? (A) <26; (B) 26; (C) >26; (D) All of the Above), Sanford Levinson

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Book Review: Whom Does the Constitution Command? by Larry Alexander and Paul Horton., Thomas P. Lewis

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Book Review: Judicial Activism: Bulwark of Freedom or Precarious Security? by Christopher Wolfe., Thomas Morawetz

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Book Review: State and Salvation: The Jehovah's Witnesses and Their Fight for Civil Rights. by William Kaplan., Richard E. Morgan

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Constitutional Mergers and Acquisitions: The Federal Republic of Germany., Fred L. Morrison

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Book Review: The Mind and Faith of Justice Holmes: His Speeches, Essays, Letters, and Judicial Opinions. by Max Lerner; Honorable Justice: The Life of Oliver Wendell Holmes. by Sheldon M. Novick., Robert F. Nagel

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The Framers' Muse on Republicanism, the Supreme Court, and Pragmatic Constitutional Interpretivism., David M. O'Brien

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Book Review: The Civil Rights Era: Origins and Development of National Policy. by Hugh Davis Graham., William L. O'Neill

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Book Review: Cardozo: A Study in Reputation. by Richard A. Posner., Michael E. Parrish

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A.T. Mason and American Political Thought: A Non-Princetonian's View., H. L. Pohlman

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The Constitution and Political Parties: Supreme Court Jurisprudence and Its Implications for Partybuilding., Brian L. Porto

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Justice William J. Brennan and the Warren Court., Robert C. Post

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Book Review: in Pursuit of Justice: Reflections of a State Supreme Court Justice. by Joseph R. Grodin., Mark S. Pulliam

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Book Review: in Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU. by Samuel Walker., Jeremy Rabkin

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Book Review: Belonging to America. by Kenneth Karst., Lauren Robel