The U.S. Constitution Today
A 1987 Assembly convened to discuss the challenges facing the U.S. constitutional framework as the responsibilities of government and the nature of the polity change.
The intitial report from the 1987 Assembly of the same name, this document reflects participants' consensus about the overall health of and challenges facing the American constitutional framework. Broadly speaking, participants viewed the structure as sound but under considerable stress as the country confronts complex problems in both domestic and foreign affairs.
Despite numerous amendments to the Constitution, the basic institutional framework of US government remains largely unchanged since 1787. This institutional conservatism gives rise to regular reexaminations and crises as that framework takes on new functions and faces new challenges. This volume explores whether that framework remains adequate to the challenges of governing a modern superpower and larger and more diverse polity.