A Guide to the Missouri Constitution

Through a combination of expert historical and contextual commentary and a concise apparatus that deploys diagrams and tables to summarize key concepts, Dyer and Casey have crafted the most efficient and engaging text for understanding the structure of Missouri’s government, the provisions and politics of its lengthy constitution, and the relevance that this document has to contentious issues in the state today.

Justin B. Dyer

W.W. Norton & Co., February 2017


Justin Dyer is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests span the fields of American political development, political philosophy, and constitutional law, with a particular interest in the perennial philosophy of natural law. His most recent book, with Micah Watson, is C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law (2016). He also is the author of Slavery, Abortion, and the Politics of Constitutional Meaning (2013) and Natural Law and the Antislavery Constitutional Tradition (2012). He regularly teaches undergraduate courses on political theory and the U.S. Constitution and graduate seminars on public law.

Greg Casey is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Professor Casey spent forty-five years teaching courses in American government, political behavior, law and the political process, public policy, judicial process and behavior, state government, and the U.S. Constitution. He earned his Ph. D. from Georgetown University in 1968. He has won many teaching awards for his classes on the U.S. Constitution, the judiciary, and American and state government. Professor Casey is the author of numerous articles as well as two chapters in Missouri Government and Politics, Second Edition (ed. Hardy, Dohm, and Leuthold, 1995).