Bruce Ackerman

Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale, and the author, most recently, of Revolutionary Constitutions: Charismatic Leadership and the Rule of Law (Harvard University Press, 2019).

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There were two ways to stop Trump’s unilateral war-making, and the Speaker chose the one he can’t veto. Read more


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What the president has already done justifies a third article of impeachment. Read more


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Recent critiques of the proposed levies hinge on breathing new life into the Constitutional Convention’s infamous compromise with slavery. Read more

Law and Justice

If Biden is willing to exercise the power granted him in the Constitution, he could do more than pass health care. He could undo the filibuster rules that threaten to deadlock our system of government. Read more


We should not look upon presidential lawlessness as if it were an odd aberration of the Bush years. Read more


If history is any guide, the next four years will be shaped by how Obama confronts the Bush administration's abuses of power. Read more


We need a fundamentally different way of allocating public funds to political candidates. Read more


Hillary Clinton's support for baby bonds is one of the boldest ideas we've seen so far in the campaign -- and it could be funded by reinstating the federal estate tax. Read more