David Davenport

Research Fellow
Biography: 

David Davenport is a research fellow specializing in international law and treaties, constitutional federalism, and American politics and law.

Davenport is the former president of Pepperdine University (1985–2000). Under his leadership, the university experienced significant growth in quality and reputation. Davenport cofounded Common Sense California and the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. He also served on the board of California Forward, a major bipartisan reform group, and was a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Performance Review Commission. Davenport is a member of two corporate boards as well.

His work on policy appears in a number of places, including a regular column in Forbes.com and regular radio commentaries on the Salem Radio Network and Townhall.com.

He recently coauthored the book The New Deal and Modern American Conservatism, which explains how the New Deal of the 1930s established the framework for today’s US domestic policy and the ongoing debate between progressives and conservatives.

Davenport has also contributed chapters to Hoover books on values in a free society and legal threats to American values and has authored articles in Policy Review on “The New Diplomacy” and “The Politics of Literacy.” Davenport is a popular public speaker, having served for several years as a world affairs lecturer for Crystal Cruises.

Davenport earned a BA with distinction in international relations from Stanford University and a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and earned national and international awards in moot court competitions.

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Davenport: California Raisins And The New Deal 7-15-15

by David Davenport
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

For those discouraged over other late-term Supreme Court decisions, you might have missed one they got right. The Court held that taking a farmer’s raisins as part of a New Deal-era price support and subsidy program was a “taking” under the 5th amendment of the Constitution and had to be compensated.

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The Supreme Court's Newly Invented Right To Equal Dignity And The Problems It Will Cause

by David Davenportvia Forbes
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

In case you missed it, Justice Kennedy and the majority of the Supreme Court invented a new constitutional right when they overruled bans on same sex marriage.

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Davenport: Roberts Moves From Umpiring To Batting On Healthcare

by David Davenportvia Townhall
Monday, July 6, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow David Davenport discusses Chief Justice Roberts and the Affordable Care Act.

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Why Has Chief Justice Roberts Moved From Umpiring To Batting On Healthcare?

by David Davenportvia Forbes
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Could someone please remind Chief Justice John Roberts of his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee in his confirmation hearings in 2005?

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The Supreme Court Removes One Raisin Of The Smothering New Deal Legacy

by David Davenportvia Forbes
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

According to conventional U.S. history texts, Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal ended sometime in the late 1930’s. Unfortunately, that is one more urban myth that needs to be exposed on Snopes.com. To our detriment, the New Deal is alive and well, still serving as the basic framework for U.S. domestic and economic policy.

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Rugged Individualism Is Exactly The Wrong Case For Obamacare

by David Davenportvia Forbes
Monday, June 15, 2015

President Obama has been heating up the rhetoric about Obamacare as the Supreme Court prepares to announce its decision on whether the whole program might collapse over illegal subsidies. In a press conference, he meddled in the work of the judicial branch, saying the Court should never have taken the case in the first place.

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Davenport: Supreme Court Decision Time

by David Davenportvia Townhall
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow David Davenport on the upcoming decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Must God Keep Up With The Times?

by David Davenportvia Forbes
Monday, June 1, 2015

Perhaps you have missed it amid all the heated rhetoric about gay marriage, but seemingly serious people have proposed that henceforth Almighty God—or at least God’s people and churches—must keep up with modern times.

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Apparently 90% Of Harvard Faculty Can Agree On Something: Giving To Democrats

by David Davenportvia Forbes
Thursday, May 7, 2015

I guess we now know why William F. Buckley famously said: “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.”

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A Lump Of Coal

by David Davenportvia Townhall
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hoover fellow David Davenport discusses President Obama's use and abuse of executive power.

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