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Michael Tolley

Michael Tolley

Associate Professor of Political Science



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Constitution Day was this weekend, but should it have been?

This weekend marked the 229th anniver­sary of the day the 39 men who drafted the Con­sti­tu­tion met as a Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion for the final time to sign it. Here are some inter­esting his­tor­ical facts about it—including the case for why it should be in the summer—and how to cel­e­brate it on campus.

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The evolution of constitutional federalism

Asso­ciate pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Michael Tolley spent his Con­sti­tu­tion Day lec­ture exam­ining why “fed­er­alism is the car­dinal ques­tion of Amer­ican con­sti­tu­tional law,” as former Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wilson once put it. His lec­ture coin­cided with the day com­mem­o­rating the for­ma­tion and signing of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion 228 years ago.

09/17/15 - BOSTON, MA. - Scenes during the Constitution Day Lecture held in Renaissance Park and at Northeastern University on Sept. 17, 2015. Professor Michael Dukakis gave opening remarks before political science professor Michael Tolley delivered the lecture. Photo by: Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

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