Giuseppe Martinico

Some Notes on the Core of J. Calhoun’s Constitutional Theory

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Keywords: J. Calhoun; Constitutional Law; Secession; Compact.

For different reasons, John Calhoun’s thought has had a remarkable influence on constitutional studies. This article aims at highlighting and critically discussing two main reasons. The first part of the article analyses Calhoun’s conception of the constitution as a compact among States, grounded on the distinction between sovereignty and government. The second part considers the so-called «States’ rights» and aims at explaining the relationship among these rights, with a special attention to the right to secession.

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