From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 789: Americans have amended the U.S. Constitution just 27 times in nearly 230 years. Yet states have amended — and even completely rewritten — their constitutions many more times during that same time period, Political scientist John Dinan of Wake Forest University discusses the contrast between the state and federal amendment processes. Dinan has devoted his latest book to the issue. It’s titled State Constitutional Poltics: Governing by Amendment in the American States.