Category Archives: Constitutional Law

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:@WilliamBaude: Reading Recommendations from Me and My Colleagues

mine is The Player of Games, by Iain BanksEvery year, the University of Chicago Law School asks the faculty for some of our holiday reading recommendations. I usually try to recommend one fiction and one non-fiction book, but this year I'd succumbed to several months of readers' block (not completely unrelated to being the father to a new toddler…) and thought I would have neither. But in the nick of time, I found a fiction recommendation: Iain M. Banks, The Player of Games The main character is a world famous game-player who is lured away from his home to play a game so complicated that a multi-planet empire has been constructed around it. Political intrigue, personal intrigue, principal-agent problems, and other forms of game theory ensue, though we never learn the details of this or any game. The book also serves as an introduction to Banks's Culture series, a set of science fiction books set in a post-scarcity society where humans live satisfied but boring….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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[Ilya Somin] Minneapolis Strikes a Blow for Affordable Housing by Slashing Zoning Restrictions

Zoning rules that severely restrict home construction cut off millions of poor people from jobs and affordable housing. The Minneapolis reform is the most extensive reduction in zoning achieved by any major American city in a long time. Yesterday, the City of Minneapolis struck a major blow for both property rights and affordable housing by enacting the most extensive reduction in zoning restrictions adopted by any major US city for a long time. Henry Grabar of Slate summarizes this welcome development: Minneapolis will become the first major U.S. city to end single-family home zoning, a policy that has done as much as any to entrench segregation, high housing costs, and sprawl as the American urban paradigm over the past century. On Friday, the City Council passed Minneapolis 2040, a comprehensive plan to permit three-family homes in the city's residential neighborhoods, abolish parking minimums for all new construction, and allow high-density buildings along transit….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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[Ilya Somin] Should We Let Children Vote? The Troubling Implications of Standard Reasons for Rejecting a Flawed Idea

Few will agree with Cambridge political scientist David Runciman's proposal to lower the voting age to 6. But standard reasons for rejecting the idea raise serious questions about many adult voters, too. Prominent British political scientist David Runciman argues that the voting age should be lowered to six, in order to correct what he considers to be a serious age bias in modern democracy, where children's interests are increasingly neglected in favor of those of the elderly, who wield vastly greater political power: The head of politics at Cambridge University has called for children as young as six to be given the vote in an attempt to tackle the age bias in modern democracy. Prof David Runciman said the ageing population meant young people were now "massively outnumbered", creating a democratic crisis and an inbuilt bias against governments that plan for the future. In the latest episode of his podcast, Talking Politics, he said lowering the voting age….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Survey: We care what you think, and we need your help

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Check it Out: Greenhouse on How President George H.W. Bush Filled Supreme Court Vacancies

Check out Linda Greenhouse's piece in the NYT, How to Fill a Supreme Court Vacancy. My goal here is not to appraise the two Bush 41 justices. It's to compare the approaches–one conciliatory, the other, confrontations–that in the space of….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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