Political Theory

Liberty, Separation of Powers, and Government by Bureaucracy


This conference was to help better understand the changing conception of government and its relationship to modern American society during the Progressive Era. Specifically, we examined constitutional issues of the separation of powers and the increasing concentration of functions in the hands of various agencies of government as they came to assume a central place in the Progressive understanding of the need for expert management over the economy and society.


Conference Readings

Pestritto, Ronald J. and William J. Atto, eds. American Progressivism. New York: Lexington Books, 2008.

Panama Refining v. Ryan, 135 and 260 293 US 388  (U.S. Supreme Court January 7, 1935).

Mistretta v. United States, 488 U.S. 361 87-7028  (U.S. Supreme Court 1989).

Industrial Union v. American Petroleum Institute, 448 607 (U.S. Supreme Court 1980).

Humphrey’s Executor v. United States, 295 935 (U.S. Supreme Court 1935).

Withrow v. Larkin, 421 35 (U.S. Supreme Court 1975).

Dewey, John. Liberalism and Social Action. Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2000.

Goodnow, Frank J. Politics and Administration: A Study in Government. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2003.

Landis, James. The Administrative Process. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966.

Landis, James M. “Report on Regulatory Agencies to the President-Elect [December 21, 1960] .” U.S. Senate. http://c0403731.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com (accessed June 24, 2013).

Lawson, Gary. “The Rise and Rise of the Administrative State.” Harvard Law Review 107 (1994): 1231-1254.

Orszag, Peter. “Too Much of a Good Thing: Why We Need Less Democracy.” The New Republic (October 6  2011): 11-12.

Rohr, John. To Run a Constitution: The Legitimacy of the Administrative State. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1986.

Wilson, Woodrow. Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings. Edited by Ronald J. Pestritto. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005.

Wilson, Woodrow. The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, Volume 2 - 1881-1884. Edited by Arthur S. Link. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1967.