Welfare and the Constitution [electronic resource] /Sotirios A. Barber.
By: Barber, Sotirios A.Material type: BookPublisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2003Description: 1 online resource (xv, 164 p.).ISBN: 9781400825837 (electronic bk.); 1400825830 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Constitutional law -- United States -- Philosophy | Welfare state -- United States -- Philosophy | Constitutional law | Droit constitutionnel -- �Etats-Unis -- Philosophie | �Etat providence -- �Etats-Unis -- Philosophie | LAW -- Constitutional | LAW -- Public | Staatsrecht | Verzorgingsstaat | Grondwetten | Ethiek | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Constitutions | Constitutional law -- Philosophy | Welfare state -- Philosophy | United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.DDC classification: 342.7302 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Every state a welfare state -- Charter of negative liberties: arguments from text and history -- Negative constitutionalism and unwanted consequences -- Moral philosophy and the negative-liberties model -- The instrumental constitution -- Is the Constitution adequate to its ends?
Welfare and the Constitution defends a largely forgotten understanding of the U.S. Constitution: the positive or "welfarist" view of Abraham Lincoln and the Federalist Papers. Sotirios Barber challenges conventional scholarship by arguing that the government has a constitutional duty to pursue the well-being of all the people. He shows that James Madison was right in saying that the "real welfare" of the people must be the "supreme object" of constitutional government. With conceptual rigor set in fluid prose, Barber opposes the shared view of America's Right and Left: that the federal constit.
Description based on print version record.