David Davenport

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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. He was a visiting fellow at the Ashbrook Center working on civic education from 2016 to 2018.

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

He has coauthored three books with his colleague Gordon Lloyd: How Public Policy Became War (2019), Rugged Individualism: Dead or Alive? (2017), and The New Deal and Modern American Conservatism: A Defining Rivalry (2013). These books offer distinctive ways of understanding both the current and the historic debates 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’s 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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David Davenport: Beware The Regulator

by David Davenportvia Townhall Review
Monday, November 25, 2019

Many see Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as two peas in the liberal Democratic pod but they are actually quite different. Bernie Sanders is a revolutionary who wants to change what he calls the rigged American system. He comes from a European political tradition, socialism, and seeks to turn the economic order upside down.

Analysis and Commentary

David Davenport: Impeachment Is An Extraordinary Remedy

by David Davenportvia Townhall Review
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

In the first 175 years of the nation, the House of Representatives impeached only one president, Andrew Johnson. Now in the last 57 years, it’s impeached two, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and it may be ready to impeach a third.

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Who's Afraid Of The Federal Debt?

by David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Congratulations, Washington, you have set another record. The Treasury Department announced recently that the federal deficit rose an astounding 26% during the last fiscal year, bringing the total one-year deficit to nearly $1 trillion. The cumulative federal debt is now more than $22 trillion, greater than our total gross domestic product for the year. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has declared the debt situation “unsustainable.”

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David Davenport On The John Batchelor Show: How Public Policy Became War: 2 Of 2

interview with David Davenportvia The John Batchelor Show
Sunday, November 10, 2019

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow David Davenport discusses his book How Public Policy Became War.

Interviews

David Davenport On The John Batchelor Show: How Public Policy Became War: 1 Of 2

interview with David Davenportvia The John Batchelor Show
Sunday, November 10, 2019

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow David Davenport discusses his book How Public Policy Became War.

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Impeachment Hangs On Whether Trump's Actions Were Illegal Or Merely Ugly

by David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Friday, November 8, 2019

In the first 175 years of the Republic, the House of Representatives impeached only one president, Andrew Johnson. Now, in the last 57 years, we have impeached two presidents, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and are on the verge of impeaching a third. It’s worth considering the modern rise in impeachments: Are presidents really that much worse, or is something larger afoot?

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Coronado’s David Davenport Authors Third Book: “How Public Policy Became War”

featuring David Davenportvia Coronado Eagle & Journal
Monday, November 4, 2019

Proving once again that it’s a small world, David Davenport, the former president of Pepperdine University and now a Coronado resident, grew up in a suburb of Kansas City at the same time I did. He attended Shawnee Mission North High School and graduated a year ahead of me. I went to Shawnee Mission East and another member of the Coronado Community, Village Theatre Owner and Operator Lance Alspaugh attended Shawnee Mission West. Among the three of us, we covered the majority of the educational compass on the Kansas side of the border.

In the News

The Voting Age Should Not Be Lowered To 16

mentioning David Davenportvia The News Record
Monday, October 28, 2019

Recently, there has been a push to lower the voting age from 18 to 16. Last March, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal), advocated the voting age to be lowered. "I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said. “I think it's really important to capture kids when they're in high school, when they're interested in all of this, when they're learning about government, to be able to vote.” Other supporters include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass).

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Sanders Vs. Warren, The Revolutionary Vs. The Regulator

by David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Friday, October 25, 2019

Many see Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren as two peas in the liberal Democratic pod. Battling to consolidate their overlapping constituencies, they might be called left (Warren) and lefter (Sanders). But a deeper look at an earlier time in history, specifically the Progressive Era and the New Deal, reveals real and important differences in the left back then that are at play in the Sanders vs. Warren battle today.

Analysis and CommentaryPolitics

David Davenport: Conservatives: Beware The Wrong Message

by David Davenportvia Townhall Review
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Conservatives’ message was individual liberty and limited government, but it’s been narrowed to a defense of capitalism and free markets. This message is a dead-end for younger voters, especially.

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