The Constituent Power as a Remedy for the Administrative State
By William J. Watkins, Jr.
Although the U.S. Constitution has built-in restrictions that limit the power of majorities, the rise of the administrative state has compromised the potency of elections. As a consequence, the ultimate protection is not the veto power of the people wielded during normal elections but the constituent power possessed by the people. This constituent powerconstitutional populismadopted the Constitution, has amended it, and may be used today to challenge the rule of the technocrats.
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