By Bernard Bailyn. Published 2002. ISBN 9780718716479
Two centuries after its creation, American constitutionalism has become a classic formulation for the world at large of effectiveness and constraint of the humane uses of power, despite the conditions of public life being so disparate. In the inaugural Caroline Robbins Lecture Bailyn discusses the interest and impact the American Constitution has had throughout the Atlantic world, but also looks at an increasingly common challenge from people with other values and beliefs who do not agree with Tocqueville and Troxler that American constitutionalsm is a 'work of art.'