Purchasing Submission : : Conditions, Power, and Freedom / / Philip Hamburger.

From a leading constitutional scholar, an important study of a powerful mode of government control: the offer of money and other privileges to secure submission to unconstitutional power. The federal government increasingly regulates by using money and other benefits to induce private parties and st...

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Superior document:Title is part of eBook package: De Gruyter Harvard University Press Complete eBook-Package 2021
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Ort / Verlag:Cambridge, MA : : Harvard University Press, , [2021]
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Year of Publication:2021
Language:English
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Physical Description:1 online resource (320 p.)
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Other title:Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Introduction --
PART I. The Problem --
1 Poorly Understood --
2 Examples --
3 Regulatory Conditions --
PART II. Unconstitutional Pathway --
4 Spending --
5 Divesting and Privatizing Government Powers --
6 Short-Circuiting Politics --
7 Denying Procedural Rights --
8 Federalism --
PART III. Unconstitutional Restrictions --
9 Consent No Relief from Constitutional Limits --
10 Consent within and beyond the Constitution --
PART IV. Federal Action --
11 Varieties of Federal Action --
12 Force and Other Pressure amid Consent --
13 Irrelevance of Force and Other Pressure --
PART V. Beyond Consent --
14 Regulatory Extortion --
15 Regulatory Agents --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index
Summary:From a leading constitutional scholar, an important study of a powerful mode of government control: the offer of money and other privileges to secure submission to unconstitutional power. The federal government increasingly regulates by using money and other benefits to induce private parties and states to submit to its conditions. It thereby enjoys a formidable power, which sidesteps a wide range of constitutional and political limits. Conditions are conventionally understood as a somewhat technical problem of “unconstitutional conditions”—those that threaten constitutional rights—but at stake is something much broader and more interesting. With a growing ability to offer vast sums of money and invaluable privileges such as licenses and reduced sentences, the federal government increasingly regulates by placing conditions on its generosity. In this way, it departs not only from the Constitution’s rights but also from its avenues of binding power, thereby securing submission to conditions that regulate, that defeat state laws, that commandeer and reconfigure state governments, that extort, and even that turn private and state institutions into regulatory agents. The problem is expansive, including almost the full range of governance. Conditions need to be recognized as a new mode of power—an irregular pathway—by which government induces Americans to submit to a wide range of unconstitutional arrangements. Purchasing Submission is the first book to recognize this problem. It explores the danger in depth and suggests how it can be redressed with familiar and practicable legal tools.
Format:Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
ISBN:9780674270145
9783110739114
Access:restricted access
Hierarchical level:Monograph
Statement of Responsibility: Philip Hamburger.