David Spence, “The Founders might actually have liked the ‘deep state'” (Washington Post)

On March 15, 2017, the Washington Post published an op-ed by Dr. David Spence on the ways executive-branch resistance to the Trump agenda does not necessary subvert democracy but, to the contrary, often affirms it. According to Spence, “The Trump administration has made clear its intent to roll back regulation in ways that may contradict agencies’ [like the Environmental Protection Agency] enabling legislation. When that happens, expect courts to push back. If Republicans want to “deconstruct” the administrative state, as Trump senior adviser Stephen K. Bannon says, changing presidents is not enough. They will have to change the law.”

About the Author
David Spence is Professor of Law, Politics & Regulation at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches in both the McCombs School of Business and the School of Law.