//  8/25/17  //  Latest Developments

Take Care is pleased to host a symposium on Congress's Constitutionan important new book by Josh Chafetz. Contributors will assess Congress's role in the separation of powers, with a focus on developments thus far under President Trump. 

Chafetz Book

This page will be updated as new contributions are published. 

Congress's Constitution

Josh Chafetz | 8/21/17

An introduction to the Take Care symposium on my new book, Congress's Constitution 

Congress’s Constitution, the President’s Politics?

Julia Azari | 8/22/17 

Is Congress doomed to react to Trump, and to wallow in the political discourse he has created like a toddler in a soiled diaper? Or can members of Congress create their own counter-narratives about the meaning and stakes of policy and process?

Congress’s Personnel Power

Jon D. Michaels | 8/22/17

Congress should engender a robust administrative separation of powers, ensuring that a forceful bureaucracy (and an engaged public) can advance congressional priorities and check those of the President

Chafetz and the Separation of Powers

Victoria Nourse | 8/23/17

It is one of the great paradoxes of American life that Americans love democracy but hate their most democratic institution, the Congress—that is, until they need Congress to fight a rogue President

Congress’s Rhetoric

Kate Shaw | 8/23/17

Congress must find new opportunities for successful engagement with the public, by both individual members and the body as a whole

Encouraging Legislative Expertise-Forcing

Bijal Shah | 8/24/17 

A promising way for Congress to check the Executive, as well as to enhance its own efficacy and public standing, is by promoting expertise in the executive branch

Law, Politics, and Interbranch Conflict

Zachary Price | 8/24/17

By demonstrating the dangers of vesting so much power in one individual, will Trump bring about a revitalization of Congress and a corresponding diminution of the Presidency?

The Faces of Congressional Power

Mark Graber | 8/25/17  

Congress has considerable tools to influence public policy. How effectively Congress may use those tools depends in part on the skill with which they are exercised, but also on more durable features of the times in which they are exercised.

The Constitution of Talk

David Fontana | 8/25/17 

There needs to be a separation of microphones just as much as a separation of powers, and Congress does not understand the microphone that 2017 requires.

Congress’s Constitution, Redux

Josh Chafetz | 8/28/17

Here I respond to insightful comments on Congress's Constitution.


Donald Trump's New Intelligence Slush Fund

1/22/18  //  Commentary

The continuing resolution that was signed by President Trump contains a provision that permits his intelligence agencies to spend billions of dollars on anything they want, without having to inform Congress about what they are doing. This seems like a bad idea.

Ian Samuel

Harvard Law School

Concluding Thoughts on Constitutional Coup

1/18/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Final thoughts on the future of the administrative state under President Donald Trump

Jon D. Michaels

UCLA School of Law

American Democracy One Year into the Trump Administration

1/18/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

We can no longer take America’s democracy for granted