The People Themselves | Constitutional Dialogues | The Least Examined Branch | Constitutional Conflicts Between Congress and the President | Constitutional Deliberation in Congress
Several contributors offer wide-ranging accounts of the workings of Congress. They look at lawmakersâ attitudes toward Congressâs role as a constitutional interpreter, the offices within Congress that help lawmakers learn about constitutional issues, Congressâs willingness to use its confirmation power to shape constitutional decisions by both the executive and the courts, and the frequency with which congressional committees take constitutional questions into account. Other contributors address congressional deliberation, paying particular attention to whether Congressâs constitutional interpretations are sound. Still others examine how Congress and the courts should respond to one anotherâs decisions, suggesting how the courts should evaluate Congressâs work and considering how lawmakers respond to Court decisions that strike down federal legislation. While some essayists are inclined to evaluate Congressâs constitutional interpretation positively, others argue that it could be improved and suggest institutional and procedural reforms toward that end. Whatever their conclusions, all of the essays underscore the pervasive and crucial role that Congress plays in shaping the meaning of the Constitution.
Contributors. David P. Currie, Neal Devins, William N. Eskridge Jr.. John Ferejohn, Louis Fisher, Elizabeth Garrett, Michael J. Gerhardt, Michael J. Klarman, Bruce G. Peabody, J. Mitchell Pickerill, Barbara Sinclair, Mark Tushnet, Adrian Vermeule, Keith E. Whittington, John C. Yoo
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