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John O. McGinnis


John O. McGinnis is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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The Case Against Public Sector Unions

by John O. McGinnis, Max Schanzenbachvia Policy Review
Sunday, August 1, 2010

A powerful force for unaffordable benefits

Executive Power in The War on Terror

by John O. McGinnisvia Policy Review
Saturday, December 1, 2007

Fixing what’s broken

Age of the Empirical

by John O. McGinnisvia Policy Review
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Computers and the question of what works

Too Much Vox Populi?

by John O. McGinnisvia Policy Review
Thursday, June 1, 2000

John O. McGinnis on Democracy Derailed: Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money by David S. Broder

The Case for Supermajority Rules

by John O. McGinnis, Michael B. Rappaportvia Policy Review
Wednesday, December 1, 1999

This century ends, as it began, with extraordinary ferment about the soundness of our constitutional structures. In a series of recent decisions, the Supreme Court has appeared to revive doctrines of federalism and carve out spheres of autonomy for the states. In Congress, each house gave majority support to serious constitutional amendments setting term limits, requiring balanced budgets, and limiting tax increases. In fact, the Balanced Budget Amendment came within one vote of being sent to the states for ratification. Congress has also passed rules to restructure the federal legislative process. In an attempt to promote accountability and protect the autonomy of the states, both houses have required separate votes on unfunded mandates. The House of Representatives has passed a rule requiring a three-fifths majority to raise income tax rates.

Impeachable Defenses

by John O. McGinnisvia Policy Review
Tuesday, June 1, 1999

Lawyers pleading the president’s case made themselves targets

Original Thomas, Conventional Souter

by John O. McGinnisvia Policy Review
Friday, September 1, 1995

What kind of justices should the next president pick?