on 30 August 2013
I was greatly impressed by Levinson's evident passion and admiration for the US Constitution, whilst seeking to argue its flaws. Levinson discusses problems with the Article V amendment process, Presidential fixed terms, and Judicial Appointments among others.
Levinson's historical analysis shows that many of his same criticisms were made when the Constitution was being drafted. But there was far less concern with its flaws in 1787. After all, it was a document designed to last no greater than 19 years (Jefferson), drafted for a population a hundred times smaller than today.
Particularly useful for me (writing a dissertation on comparative constitutional theory and practice - between British flexibility and American rigidity) were Levinson's 'American observations' on British law and politics, providing practical examples of where and how the British Constitution (rather surprisingly) provides greater democratic protection than its American counterpart. All in all, an excellent read.