Popular ratification of the state constitutions

Aroney, Nicholas (2012). Popular ratification of the state constitutions. In Paul Kildea, Andrew Lynch and George Williams (Ed.), Tomorrow's federation: reforming Australian government (pp. 210-226) Annandale, NSW, Australia: Federation Press.

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Author Aroney, Nicholas
Title of chapter Popular ratification of the state constitutions
Title of book Tomorrow's federation: reforming Australian government
Place of Publication Annandale, NSW, Australia
Publisher Federation Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781862878228
Editor Paul Kildea
Andrew Lynch
George Williams
Chapter number 12
Start page 210
End page 226
Total pages 17
Total chapters 19
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Subjects B1
180108 Constitutional Law
940203 Political Systems
Abstract/Summary Discussion of the prospects of formal constitutional change as a mechanism for reforming Australian federalism has concentrated almost exclusively on the alteration of the Commonwealth Constitution. Very little attention has been given to the formal amendment of the state constitutions as a means of such reform; changes to the sate constitutions are seen almost exclusively as a means of reforming each state system understood in isolation from the other states and the federal government. However, one particular alteration to the state constitutions, largely overlooked, may have real potential to secure significant reform of the federal system as a whole, by striking at several causes of the malaise of the states within the federal system. This possible alteration is the ratification of the individual state constitutions would have the potential to change not only the way in which the e constitutions are themselves juristically interpreted and understood, but also the way in which states are perceived within the federal system, both as a matter of popular understanding and in the understanding of political actors, including the courts. [Extract]
Q-Index Code B1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Description: xii, 384 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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