Summary: From the earliest days of the New Deal Franklin Roosevelt described his political project as the foundation of an economic constitutional order, a second Bill of Rights. Freedom of speech and freedom of worship were to be supplemented by freedom from want. In his most elaborate formulation of this idea Roosevelt spoke of the right to decent housing, adequate food, and basic medical care. Does the addition of a second Bill of Rights strengthen the cause of liberal government? Is an economic constitutional order compatible with limited government?
Donald R. Brand is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chairman of the department at College of the Holy Cross. He teaches courses in the American Presidency, the U.S. Congress, and public administration. Dr. Brand is the author of Corporatism and the Rule of Law: A Study of the National Recovery Administration, and of numerous articles in edited volumes and political science journals. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and his B.A. in political science from Williams College.