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06/08/2014

Joseph Postell on Frank Buckley on Separation of Powers
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At Liberty Law Blog, Joseph Postell (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Political Science): Time to Demote the Separation of Powers? (commenting on Frank Buckley's new book The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America).  From the discussion:

Here I would like to take up and challenge one of the most controversial parts of Buckley’s argument.  Buckley argues that the Framers established a political system of congressional dominance at the Constitutional Convention, and that separation of powers was something that emerged later in American history, contrary to their wishes. ...

As much as I admire the overall thesis of the book, I am less convinced regarding this point. ...