Gridlock, Legislative Supremacy, and the Problem of Arbitrary Inaction
The author examines the implications of the inability of the past several United States Congresses to make substantive policy decisions across a number of pressing issues.
He concludes that legislative gridlock undermines key principles of the US Constitution including the separation of powers and legislative supremacy. A legislature unable to legislate causes a number of problems including:
- Increased arbitrary action by the executive branch
- Reduced input into policy from the system’s most representative body
- Increased inaction across a broad range of key policy areas
- Judicial dominance in statutory interpretation
These problems, the author argues, contribute to Americans' growing frustration in their ‘rightful expectation of a rational, reliable, and fair government’.
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