America’s Political Dysfunction: Constitutional Connections, Causes, and Cures

9:00 am on Saturday, November 16, 2013
3:30 pm on Saturday, November 16, 2013
Contact Name:
Elizabeth Aggott
In recent years, many have despaired over America’s political dysfunction. This conference will assess claims about dysfunction, breakdown, and failure with a focus on constitutional connections, causes, and cures. Are we experiencing a constitutional failure, as distinguished from a moral failure, a political failure, an institutional failure, or a failure of policy that may or may not be directly related to the Constitution? Are the lamented dysfunction, breakdown, and failure caused by the Constitution? Do they stem from a feature or defect of the Constitution? Do they result from constitutional requirements? Are they made more likely by our constitutional design? The conference will address not only whether there are such constitutional connections to and causes of dysfunction, but also whether any proposed cures would likely alleviate it. Will such proposals alleviate dysfunction or will the conditions giving rise to them virtually insure that they will fail?