Title

Not Popular Enough

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2021

ISSN

1931-8693

Publisher

Robert Abernethy and Bernard Schwartz

Language

en-us

Abstract

The draft constitution does a nice job of reducing existing institutional obstacles to effective government. Yet there is one persistent manner in which the draft repeats the Framers’ error and, indeed, doubles down on it: by replicating the elitist part of the republican tradition at the expense of the plebeian one. In that sense, the proposal doesn’t do nearly enough to rebuild the frayed bonds between citizen and government. More effective policymaking is the technocrat’s solution, but multiple methods of exercising power is the populist’s response to a metastasizing sense of dislocation.

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