Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rappaport on the Obama Administration, the Constitution, and Institutional Change

The Obama Administration, Fundamental Institutional Change, and the Constitutional Lawmaking System is a new paper by Michael B. Rappaport, University of San Diego School of Law. It is forthcoming in Constitutional Commentary (Spring 2010). Here's the abstract:
This brief essay, written for a symposium on conservative and libertarian reactions to President Obama’s first year, focuses on the Obama Administration’s efforts to effect transformative change. The essay explores the limits in the existing Constitution for constraining such change. It also argues that a desirable constitution would contain substantial limits on such change. The essay then discusses three situations where fundamental institutional change was attempted - the New Deal, the Great Society, and the early Clinton Administration - and describes the different results that occurred in these situations. It concludes by examining the prospects for fundamental institutional change under the Obama Administration.
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