1st Edition

Covenant and Constitutionalism The Covenant Tradition in Politics

By Daniel Elazar Copyright 1998
    287 Pages
    by Routledge

    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume traces the trends and the developing relationships of constitutionalism and covenant that ultimately led to the transformation of the latter into the former. Elazar explores the paths that emerged out of the constitutionalized covenantal tradition in Europe such as federalism, communitarianism, and the cooperative movement.

    Introduction: The New World Experience
    Part I: The United States: An Almost Covenanted Polity
    1. Covenant and the American Founding
    2. The Revolution and the Declaration of Independence
    3. Constitutions as Covenants
    Part II: The United States: The Covenant Challenged
    4. Covenant and Contending Principles in the Expansion of the United States
    5. Slavery and Secession: Covenant versus Compact
    6. Covenant and the Challenges of Human Nature
    7. The Sum of Covenantal Expressions
    Part III: Covenant on the Great Frontier
    8. The Western Hemisphere: False and Real Frontiers
    9. The Southern Hemisphere and the Asian Coast
    10. Covenant as a Theo-Political Tradition: A Summary Statement


    Daniel Elazar