The veneration of the US constitution is directly connected to America’s emergence as global hegemon. As the US’s democratic dysfunctions become ever more apparent, this culture is coming under strain. Why the end of the American Century coincides with the collapse of the country’s constitutional consensus.
Richard and Lois Cole Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He is the author of The Two Faces of American Freedom (2014) and of the forthcoming book, Rise of the Constitution.