ERIC Number: ED109049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Amendment of the Constitution by the Convention Method under Article V. Revision of "Amending the U.S. Constitution by Means of a National Constitutional Convention" (August 1972).
American Bar Association, Chicago, IL.
This report sets forth certain conclusions reached by the Special Constitutional Convention Study Committee of the American Bar Association after conducting a two-year study. The committee was formed to evaluate the ramifications of the constitutional convention method of initiating amendments to the U. S. Constitution as set down in Article 5. It analyzed and studied all aspects of law concerned with calling a national constitutional convention. Particular attention was given to the question of whether a convention's jurisdiction can be limited to the subject matter giving rise to its call, or whether the convening of a constitution as a matter of constitutional law opens the convention to multiple amendments and the consideration of a new consitution. Article 5, the origins of the provision, intent of the Framers, and history and workings of the article since 1789, formed background material for the research. The major conclusion reached from the study is that a national constitutional convention can be channeled so as not to be the unleashing of a radical force in the system, but rather an orderly mechanism of effecting constitutional change when circumstances require its use. Appendices illustrate and cross-reference the report. (Author/ND)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Civics, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Government (Administrative Body), Laws, Organizational Change, Organizational Communication, Political Issues, Political Science, Politics, Social Change, Social Sciences, United States History
American Bar Association, Circulation Department, 1155 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637 ($3.50)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution