Trends in State Constitutional Amendment and Revision

Many of the state constitutional developments described in recent editions of The Book of the States have continued into the 21st century. Probably the most important of these is the absence of constitutional conventions and new constitutions. Instead, constitutional change is dominated by amendments and is piecemeal rather than comprehensive. Concerns about terrorism and the threat of war will most likely make it difficult to reverse this trend. Also important is the trend away from adoption of amendments designed to limit state governments’ capacity to govern and toward reforms that are arguably designed to make government more representative and efficient.

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About the Author
Janice C. May is a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, where she specializes in state government and politics. A regular contributor to The Book of the States, she is the author of numerous publications on the Texas Constitution and government, including The Texas State Constitution: A Reference Guide, and on state constitutional developments nationwide. She has served on two Texas constitutional commissions and on the board of directors of the Texas State Bar.

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