The Exponential Growth of the Federal Bureaucracy

Orange County Lawyers Chapter


  • James Huffman, Dean Emeritus and Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School

The near exponential growth of the federal bureaucracy since the New Deal reflects the failure of Congress to maintain its coequal authority within the constitutional separation of powers and an excessive judicial deference to agency interpretations of Congressional grants of executive authority. The result has been deterioration in Congressional power accompanied by a growth in political factionalism and an erosion of the liberties of American citizens. If Congress can muster the political will, it has clear authority to restore the constitutional separation of powers.

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