This book provides a coherent, readily accessible analysis of the tensions inherent in American constitutional law between the governing body and the governed. Combining extensive analysis with text from seminal Supreme Court decisions, each chapter examines different components of constitutional law. It has been updated to include the most current legislative and Supreme Court decisions affecting constitutional law. Part One examines the structure of the federal government of the United States, focusing on the core principles of separation of powers and federalism. Part Two presents an overview of the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens. For ease of understanding, these are divided into liberty and equality rights. A thorough review for students of constitutional law as well as a systematic reference for lawyers and scholars, Power & Rights in U.S. Constitutional Law is an invaluable guide to the delicate balance between governmental power and the constitutional rights of individual citizens.