A Journal of American Principles & American Practices


Reinterpreting the Separation of Powers
December 10, 2018 David J. Siemers

With dysfunction the current watchword in American politics, the public is naturally looking for solutions. The checks and balances offered by three coequal branches of government are the remedy most frequently advanced for this task. But we should exercise caution in endorsing this idea as a cure for our political ills.

Exile, Statelessness, and Migration
December 3, 2018 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Seyla Benhabib about her recent book Exile, Statelessness, and Migration

Hobbes’ Kingdom of Light
November 26, 2018 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Devin Stauffer about his new book, Hobbes’ Kingdom of Light

Gerald Ford and the Persistence of Constitutional Power
November 5, 2018 Jordan T. Cash

It is common for scholars to distinguish between a ‘traditional presidency’ that existed in the 18th and 19th Centuries and a ‘modern presidency’ that emerged in the mid-20th Century. Proponents of this distinction see the presidency created by the Constitution as fundamentally weak. The modern presidency, by contrast, is portrayed as stronger and able to ...

Forged By Crisis
October 29, 2018 Jay Sexton

A Nation Forged by Crisis (2018, Basic Books) tells the history of the United States through the greatest periods of crisis in each century of its existence. It opens with the 18th Century Revolution and covers the Civil War, Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. These periods of crisis forever altered the ...

Where Do Our Rights Come From? An Evaluation of American Patent Law
October 22, 2018 Adam MacLeod

In Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that patent owners do not have a right to a trial in a court of law. The issue at hand in the case was whether Congress could vest in the United States Patent and Trademark Office power to adjudicate ...

Morality and Presidential Campaigns
October 15, 2018 Mark R. Cheathem

During and after the 2016 presidential campaign, many commentators wondered how U.S. politics had devolved into the political circus witnessed that election season. Especially puzzling was the support that evangelical Christians, adherents to a faith that emphasizes morality in all facets of life, gave to the Republican candidate—the twice-divorced, coarse-talking, oft-bankrupt Donald Trump.

Life Behind the CV: A Case Study of an Unusual Legal Scholar
September 30, 2018 Andrew Porwancher

Academics forgo the term “resume” in favor of “curriculum vitae.” The CV refers to a list of degrees and accomplishments. But considering the Latin translation–“the course of life”–is the term too grand? The story of John Henry Wigmore suggests that “cirriculum vitae” is not an overly grand term. Wigmore’s CV depicts a unique life path–as ...

Black Politics in Lowcountry Georgia after the Civil War
September 24, 2018 Karen Cook Bell

Throughout Lowcountry Georgia, African Americans marshaled against native southern power and federal policies that did not serve their interests. Through organizations such as the Union League and the Farmer’s Alliance, African Americans developed an understanding of their political and social identity. The pursuit of self-governance, kinship, labor, and networks of communication transformed the political and ...

Dante’s Philosophical Life: Author Interview with Paul Stern
July 9, 2018 Starting Points

A Political Theory Review interview with Paul Stern about his new book, Dante’s Philosophical Life: Politics and Human Wisdom in Purgatorio