Category Archives: Symposium on Jon D. Michaels’ Constitutional Coup

Afterward to the Constitutional Coup Symposium (Part II), by Jon D. Michaels

by Guest Blogger — Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018

V. Aaron Nielson is always among the most cheerful and helpful of critics.  In his review (“Pretend Privatization”), Aaron focuses on what he calls pretend privatization, which he defines in terms of “situations in which the government tries to avoid being labeled as the government, even though it still wants to exercise the powers of […]

Afterward to the Constitutional Coup Symposium (Part I), by Jon D. Michaels

by Guest Blogger — Monday, Apr. 2, 2018

Let me begin by apologizing for the delay and by thanking the JREG crew and, of course, Chris Walker, for hosting this symposium and putting together a remarkable roster of essayists. The breadth and depth of the essays are a testament to the strength and vitality of the administrative law community. What’s more, they reflect […]

The Alternative Separation of Powers in Constitutional Coup

by Jennifer Mascott — Friday, Mar. 9, 2018@jennmascott

I am honored to have the chance to review Jon Michaels’s engaging, brilliantly written, and insightful work. Constitutional Coup is a very enjoyable read, chock-full of creative word pictures like Michaels’s description of the “torch and pitchfork crowd” out to get the “Nanny State.” As Jeff Pojanowski and others have observed, the book is thought-provoking […]

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Deliberate and Serendipitous Separation of Powers in the Administrative State

by Emily Bremer — Friday, Mar. 9, 2018@emilysbremer

Jon Michaels’ new book is a masterful blend of important and fascinating subjects, including the constitutional character of administrative law, superstatute theory, privatization, and procedure. It’s a fun read, too, and a must for anyone interested in a fresh perspective on the perils of privatization! In this post, however, I’m going to focus on some discrete details of […]

The State(s) of Civil Society Oversight, by Miriam Seifter

by Guest Blogger — Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018

Jon Michaels’ imaginative, insightful book portrays the administrative state in a new and thought-provoking light. He argues that the modern arrangement of agency leaders, civil servants, and civil society—“the administrative separation of powers”—recreates the internally rivalrous, tripartite structure that he sees as central to the federal constitutional design. And he makes an impassioned call that […]

Anti-Privatization as a Second-Best Strategy, by Jeffrey Pojanowski

by Guest Blogger — Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018

There are a number of ways to be unhappy about the federal administrative state we have today. One is straightforwardly libertarian. The administrative state allows substantial, systematic interference with private ordering in a way that Congress, acting alone could not (and should not even try). Another way to be unhappy about the federal administrative state […]

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In Praise of Privatization

by Daniel Hemel — Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018

Jon D. Michaels’s new book, Constitutional Coup: Privatization’s Threat to the American Republic, offers a creative and—in my view—persuasive defense of the modern administrative state. I agree with Michaels that the tripartite allocation of authority among agency leaders, civil servants, and federal courts endows the administrative state with a measure of democratic legitimacy while also […]

That One Time I Agreed with Ian Millhiser (on Constitutional Law, No Less!)

by Chris Walker — Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018@chris_j_walker

I have long admired Jon Michaels’ work on separation of powers and government privatization, so I was thrilled to learn he had further synthesized these strands of his research in a book-length treatment: Constitutional Coup: Privatization’s Threat to the American Republic. And I’m excited we’re hosting this symposium on the book here at the Notice and […]

Constitutional Coup, Privatization, and the Federal False Claims Act

by Sam Halabi — Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018

There are already so many thorough analyses, illustrative applications, and thoughtful extrapolations of Jon Michaels’s provocative thesis, it took some time to decide where anything more might be usefully contributed.   It is, I think, at the conceptual role “privatization” plays in Constitutional Coup’s core argument.  The threat privatization poses to our fundamental constitutional order, according […]

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Pretend Privatization

by Aaron Nielson — Monday, Mar. 5, 2018@Aaron_L_Nielson

Jon Michaels has written an important book — and I say that even though I suspect that he and I disagree about many things! Although the administrative state has value, it also “has its share of problems.” For instance, the federal government sometimes overreaches in “ominous” and even “crushing” ways. Like the Chief Justice, I’m […]