This introduction sets forth the key questions regarding motivation and constitutionality that scholars must answer in order to develop a complete theory of motivational inquiry in constitutional law. The author begins by discussing the theoretical overview of the motivation/effects problem. The author discusses effects theories of constitutional law, motivation theories, relevant motives in both, and the problem of motive in collective bodies. The author then examines Simon's theory of motivation and the equal protection clause, which is that the equal protection clause's central meaning is prohibiting racially prejudiced governmental actions.
Lawrence A. Alexander,
Introduction: Motivation and Constitutionality,
San Diego L. Rev.
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