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Political Polarization and the Administrative State

Government Institutions in Turbulent Political Times

Friday, March 29, 2019

How is polarization testing the limits of our constitutional order? What are the effects of political polarization on institutions like Congress and the administrative state?

These questions were the focus of a public conference on March 29 in Washington, DC, co-hosted by the Antonin Scalia Law School’s C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, and Claremont McKenna College’s Dreier Roundtable and Salvatori Center.

The conference arose from a new book, Parchment Barriers: Political Polarization and the Limits of Constitutional Order, featuring essays by Claremont McKenna College’s Zachary Courser, Kenneth Miller, and George Thomas; and Scalia Law’s Michael Greve, among others.

At the conference, these authors were joined by other significant scholars in two panel discussions: on “Polarization and the Madisonian System,” and on “Polarization and the Administrative State.”

The event was held at the Historic Decatur House, near the White House, followed by a public reception.