The Generational Cycle

Gerard Magliocca

Gerard N. Magliocca is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Magliocca is the author of three books and over twenty articles on constitutional law and intellectual property. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, his law degree from Yale, and joined the faculty after two years as an attorney at Covington and Burling and one year as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Magliocca has received the Best New Professor Award and the Black Cane (Most Outstanding Professor) from the student body, and in 2008 held the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, The Netherlands. He was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2013.

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  1. Bruce Boyden says:

    I’m a little skeptical of the selection of events, which creates the appearance of a pattern. I think it may be underinclusive and overinclusive. E.g., why just party realignments and constitutional upheavals? Why not major political movements of any sort? Adding those in would get you the Progressive movement, among other things. I’m also not sure McKinley/Bryan is on a par with the others, but I suppose that’s what your book is going to address. Also, there are some constitutional and party upheavals not on the list. There’s the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850 — both significant debates over the power of Congress over slavery that nearly shut down the government in those two years. There’s also the collapse of the Whigs in the 1850s and the birth of the Republican party. The Reagan Revolution was the tail end of a party realignment for the Republicans that began with Nixon’s election in 1968, right on the heels of the Civil Rights movement (not coincidentally). It may be falling apart now, which is probably the most significant event, party-upheaval-wise, of the 2008 election.

    If you throw all that in, the timeline starts to get pretty crowded, particularly in the 20th century.