PPR Lunch Seminar: Two Presidents Are Better than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch
The seeds for political dysfunction in Washington were planted when the founding fathers placed a single person atop the executive branch. With the tremendous expansion of presidential power over time, the party out of power has huge incentives to engage in obstruction so it can reclaim the White House at the next election. And because executive decisions reflect a single perspective, many presidential policies are poorly chosen and greatly detrimental to the national interest. “Two Presidents” shows how shared governance in the Oval Office can defuse partisan conflict and improve presidential decision making.
David Orentlicher is Samuel R. Rosen Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. A scholar of constitutional law and a former state representative, he has written on a range of constitutional issues, including affirmative action, freedom of speech and the separation of powers. Orentlicher graduated from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School and specializes as well in health care law and ethics. Previously, he served as a visiting DeCamp Professor in Bioethics at Princeton, and he also directed the division of medical ethics at the American Medical Association for six years. While there, he helped develop positions on end-of-life decisions, organ transplantation, reproductive issues and physicians’ conflicts of interest that have been incorporated into law or cited by courts and government agencies in their decision making. Orentlicher has held adjunct appointments at the University of Chicago Law School and Northwestern University Medical School, and an earlier book, “Matters of Life and Death,” was published by Princeton University Press. A member of the American Law Institute, he currently serves as an Adviser to the ALI’s Project on Principles of Government Ethics.
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