John Paul Stevens: Should We Have a New Constitutional Convention?

According to opinion polls, over 80 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress. Is a new constitutional convention the appropriate remedy for our dysfunctional government? Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens considers the case in his review of Sanford Levinson’s Framed: America’s Fifty-One Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance.

Photo: Chief Justice Warren Burger and newly appointed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the steps of the Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C., September 1981 (David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

John Paul Stevens: Should We Have a New Constitutional Convention?

According to opinion polls, over 80 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress. Is a new constitutional convention the appropriate remedy for our dysfunctional government? Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens considers the case in his review of Sanford Levinson’s Framed: America’s Fifty-One Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance.

Photo: Chief Justice Warren Burger and newly appointed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the steps of the Supreme Court building, Washington, D.C., September 1981 (David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

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