Contesting the U.S. Constitution through State Amendments: The 2011 and 2012 Elections

Author
Sean Beienburg
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
129
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Spring 2014
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
SEAN BEIENBURG examines attempts at amending state constitutions in the 2011 and 2012 elections and finds that they were efforts to influence the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. He argues that some elected state officials see themselves as legitimate challengers of Supreme Court decisions. In addition, he finds that national interest groups use state constitutions as platforms for federal constitutional politics, and that such efforts were predominantly, though not exclusively, conservative in the last two election cycles.
Topic
Politics
Political Geography
United States