The Bases of Longevity in the U.S. Constitution (Zachary Elkins - 3:20)

One of the achievements of the U.S. Constitution is its longevity. Professor Zachary Elkins discusses how the Constitution has been able to last through a paradoxical combination of brevity and a difficult amendment process. He argues that the Constitution serves much more as a framework than do Constitutions that are much longer and more detailed.

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Interview recorded August 13, 2008 at The University of Texas at Austin. Interview conducted by Dr. James Henson with video production by Daniel Garza assisted by Carrie Wells and Geoff Yano. Audio post-production by Michael Heidenreich with the assistance of Sean Neesley.