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The conservative case for the Constitution, part IV: The problems of consensus

14 May 2021


Key Points Unlike the contemporary British constitution, the American system privileges consensus building over efficient government. This feature creates real limitations that need to be weighed against the virtues of American constitutionalism. The need for consensus can lead to inefficient policy outcomes, the persistence of destructive status quos, and, in some cases, the violation of …


Jay Cost
Gerald R. Ford Visiting Scholar


conservatism constitution society and culture congress politics and public opinion