From citizens to data points: A word of caution for legislators

December 10, 2019
Source: RollCall.com. Currently, uses of technology in Congress are preventing citizens from meaningfully engaging with their policymakers. Technologies such as constituent databases provide helpful tools for collecting, storing, and… Read More

My meeting with the King of Jordan, or the inevitability of legislative diplomacy

November 25, 2019
Pope Francis addresses Congress in 2015. Editor’s note: This speech was given before the Open World Leadership Center’s conference on women in leadership and legislative diplomacy on November 19,… Read More

House may vote to extend Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress today

November 14, 2019
The House of Representatives may vote today to extend the duration of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (SCMC). The vehicle for the extension appears to be a… Read More

Four questions about the public impeachment hearings

November 13, 2019
On Wednesday, the House’s impeachment inquiry will go public when it holds its first hearing on the Ukrainian scandal that will be open to the public. The House Permanent Select… Read More

Congressional Capacity and Endless War in Afghanistan & Syria

November 8, 2019
Source: Defense.gov. RSVP here. U.S. military personnel invaded Afghanistan almost two decades ago, and the U.S government began supplying aid to Syrian rebels in 2012. In… Read More

Evidence-based legislating: The missing link in efforts to resurrect Congress as the co-equal branch

October 28, 2019
The members of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress have been called “superheroes” for their strong bipartisan recommendations by Bruce Patton of the… Read More

Popular constitutionalism in the age of Trump

October 24, 2019
Few things are more gratifying than having a work of scholarship recognized for an anniversary, and I am exceptionally grateful to Anthony Marcum and James Wallner for their… Read More

Popular constitutionalism: But how would the people rule?

October 23, 2019
Fifteen years ago, Larry Kramer’s book The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review (Oxford University Press) challenged the conventional understanding of judicial review and introduced popular constitutionalism to… Read More

Popular constitutionalism: Antidote for rule by the judiciary

October 22, 2019
On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln traveled to the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to give witness to the cause for which the Americans who had fought and died in the… Read More

Symposium: The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review

October 21, 2019
“Who ought to rule” is an age old question, pondered by the great thinkers since the days when Socrates padded about the public square in Athens. These days, “Who ought… Read More