By Douglas E. Edlin
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Moreover, the Constitution that was later written protected against all of the abuses mentioned in the Declaration and provides evidence that the framers viewed themselves as developing an inherited tradition, rather than creating an entirely new one. The Constitution’s language, judicial institution, and fundamental rights all refer, in one form or another, to the existing common law tradition with which the framers were, after all, most familiar. S. Constitution. On the contrary, Stoner argues that these innovations – separation of powers, federalism, republicanism – are best understood, and were understood, not as a replacement of the traditional system 15:1 P1: JZP 9780521846424int CUNY687B/Edlin 16 978 0 521 84642 4 Printer:cupusbw August 21, 2007 douglas e.
Democracy and rights coexist, despite occasional tensions between majority and minority interests, because the substance of those rights and the content of statutory law must be integrated in the process of judicial reasoning and decision making. Through the articulation of public reasons for judicial decisions, the courts engage with the people and the 10 11 12 See R. v. Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte Pierson,  AC 539, 589 (“ultimately, common law and statute law coalesce in one legal system”).
15:1 P1: JZP 9780521846424int CUNY687B/Edlin 978 0 521 84642 4 Introduction Printer:cupusbw August 21, 2007 19 government in discourse about the meaning of their constitution, their shared values, and their political and social environment. Allan concludes his analysis by examining the role of precedent and tradition in the ongoing expression of public values through judicial reasoning in decided cases. As Allan emphasizes, the institutional, constitutional, and political responsibility for this expression is shared by the courts and the legislature.