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Congress in Reverse: Repeals from Reconstruction to the Present

Jordan M. Ragusa and Nathaniel A. Birkhead


Countless observers, from the Framers to modern day academics, examine the government's capacity to enact new legislation. Congress in Reverse is the first book to focus on repeals as an important and distinct legislative action. It examines two primary questions. First, are law creation and law repeal are governed by the same dynamics? As a technical matter, the constitutional and institutional constraints are the same, so perhaps a repeal is “just another law.” Despite this, Ragusa and Birkhead show that repeals face a unique set of constraints and are therefore harder to pass than any other ... More

Keywords: repeals, congress, public law, legislation, political parties, Affordable Care Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226717333
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226717500.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jordan M. Ragusa, author
College of Charleston

Nathaniel A. Birkhead, author
Kansas State University