Government and Legal Studies Department
Ever since the ten constitutional amendments known as the Bill of Rights came along in 1791, people have been arguing about them, writes Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige in The Washington Post.
Rudalevige examines the history of the US public sector “[f]rom the 800 people employed by the federal government in 1789 to the more than 2.5 million civilians on today’s payroll,” and explains how “one person’s red tape is another person’s vital protection.”
With the annual federal budget approaching $4 trillion, Rudalevige described Congress’s control over that budget as “a big weapon.” In this episode he examines the process by which a bill becomes a fully funded piece of legislation.
Writing in the Washington Post’s political science blog, Rudalevige explains why America is a such a politically active nation and asks: What are the risks?
Senior Jonathan Atticus Carnell has been tackling a difficult ethical question over the summer: Could the damage brought about my climate change be a just cause for going to war?