Entrenching Good Government Reforms

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dc.contributor.author Tushnet, Mark V.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-02T18:55:48Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Mark Tushnet, Entrenching Good Government Reforms, 34 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 873 (2011). en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0193-4872 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9667252
dc.description.abstract Those concerned with enumerated powers, the Tenth Amendment, and limited governance have many questions about current trends in U.S. governance: Has the federal government grown too large? Is it doing too much? Has it transgressed lawful limits? Is the federal‐state relationship out of balance? Assuming that the federal government has gotten too large, what can you do about it? Or, more generally, what can you do if you think that the federal government is too big, or too small, or is doing the wrong things, or is not doing what it should be doing? The obvious answer to the two latter questions is that you win elections. The winners decide what good governance is. There are, however, two problems with that answer. First, once you win an election, you can still lose the next one. As a result, you have an interest in figuring out some method to entrench your policy positions reasonably permanently. Second, some of the things you want to do may be precluded by the existing Constitution, though people obviously disagree about what those things are. The obvious remedy to both of these problems is to amend the Constitution. So to entrench your policy victories, you need to win elections first, and then you might also have to amend the Constitution. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://www.harvard-jlpp.com/archive/#343 en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.title Entrenching Good Government Reforms en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy en_US
dash.depositing.author Tushnet, Mark V.
dc.date.available 2012-10-02T18:55:48Z

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