Schmitt on Reform Skeptics and Romantics

Mark Schmitt has written a thoughtful piece about democratic romanticism in the recent edition of the journal Democracy (http://www.democracyjournal.org/36/democratic-romanticism-and-its-critics.php). In it, he identifies “an increasingly influential group of scholars and journalists” who form a “school of skeptics” about the thrust … Continue reading

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Romanticizing Democracy, Political Fragmentation, and the Decline of American Government

I’ve now posted this article, and this abstract for it, at this link.  I began this debate with this piece in the Washington Post/Monkey Cage; those responding critically to my views include the political scientist Seth Masket, here, and Jonathan … Continue reading

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You Won’t Want to Miss This Event on Corruption at Fordham—Preet Bharara Is the Keynote

This was set up before the Silver indictment, but wow great timing.  Looking forward to participating. Fighting Corruption in America and Abroad   Friday, March 6, 2015 Fordham University School of law Skadden Conference Center 150 West 62nd Street 9:00 … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on Williams-Yulee, the Supreme Court Judicial Elections Case

Today was oral argument in the Williams-Yulee case, and Howard rounds up the press coverage. Here is the oral argument transcript. The case concerns the constitutionality of Florida’s ban on judicial candidates personally soliciting campaign contributions. I haven’t weighed in … Continue reading

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