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LOCATION CHANGE: 348 WALLACE - Hot-Off-the-Press Book Talk with Josh Chafetz - "Congress's Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers"

May 3, 2018 12:10PM to 01:20PM
Wallace Hall


Open to the Public
Josh Chafetz, Cornell Law School

RSVP Requested - Open to the public

Details and to RSVP:  http://lapa.princeton.edu/content/congresss-constitution-legislative-authority-and-separation-powers

Please join us for a lunchtime book talk with Josh Chafetz, Cornell Law School, to discuss his book, Congress's Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers.

From Yale University Press: "Congress is widely supposed to be the least effective branch of the federal government. But as Josh Chafetz shows in this boldly original analysis, Congress in fact has numerous powerful tools at its disposal in its conflicts with the other branches. These tools include the power of the purse, the contempt power, freedom of speech and debate, and more.

Drawing extensively on the historical development of Anglo-American legislatures from the seventeenth century to the present, Chafetz concludes that these tools are all means by which Congress and its members battle for public support. When Congress uses them to engage successfully with the public, it increases its power vis-à-vis the other branches; when it does not, it loses power. This groundbreaking take on the separation of powers will be of interest to both legal scholars and political scientists."