From Administrative State to Constitutional Government

Heritage2From the Heritage Foundation:


Part 1: What Is the Administrative State?

Part 2: The Problem of the Administrative State

Part 3: The Alternative—Constitutional Government

Part 4: What Can Be Done?


Abstract: The administrative state is an assault on constitutional principles—government by consent, the separation of powers, and the rights of individuals—that liberals and conservatives hold dear. The key to reform is that it be grounded in a proper understanding of these principles, not in the hope of immediate short-term gain or narrow self-interest. If we begin from constitutional principles and can communicate those principles and their relevance to the public in a clear manner, the reforms envisioned in this report are not too far from our grasp. It is high time that Americans work together to forge an alternative to the administrative state so that we preserve our constitutional principles for future generations.

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