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Political Ideologies and Constitutional Doctrines

Opinion Articles:

Edmund Burke:

David Brooks:

Non-delegation doctrine:

The non-delegation doctrine is essentially the idea that Congress should make all the administrative laws rather than just the legal laws. So instead of relying on a government agency to carry out the law, Congress would tell the govt agency exactly how to carry out the law.

This non-delegation doctrine is bunk. Congress has been delegating powers of governance since the founding: There is no historical evidence to support the idea. More to the point, this idea of non-delegation arose at the same time of the administrative/welfare state.

So it is less a constitutional theory and more a reaction by ideologues for things they disagree with.