How Powerful is the U.S. President?
Is the U.S. President hopelessly shackled by Madisonian checks and balances, or omnipotent? If there is one thing that motivates and preoccupies drafters of constitutions, it is how much power to give the executive.
The Least Dangerous Branch?
Alexander Hamilton once described the judiciary as the least dangerous branch of government, since it controlled no armies and lacked spending power. This has inspired constitutional designers to try to empower independent courts to check other branches.
How many rights is enough?
The British philosopher Jeremy Bentham once described rights as “nonsense upon stilts,” by which he meant that they were simply made-up entitlements without a real foundation.