Postell refutes two claims: that the administrative state is natural to our constitutional order, and that even if it’s a departure, it’s a necessary one.
I’m happy to introduce Joseph Postell as this month’s guest blogger. Joe is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and the co-editor of two books: Rediscovering Political Economy and Toward an American Conservatism. Joe has contributed to this site on several occasions, where he has called for an increased judicial role in the administrative state and highlighted the importance of Roscoe Pound’s critique of administrative justice. He looks forward to discussing some interesting aspects of his current project: a manuscript on the historical relationship and tension between American constitutionalism and the administrative state. He will also offer some thoughts on the need for stronger political parties and stronger party leadership in Congress — which surely will provoke some spirited discussion.