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The State of the Union: Checks and Balances Edition

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On March 1, President Joe Biden delivers the annual State of the Union address. But what is the state of the United States’ constitutional system of checks and balances? Over time, presidents have exercised increasing power, some of it delegated by Congress, some of it assumed unilaterally. From the war powers to executive orders, how has the Biden administration grappled with the inheritance of its predecessors? When is presidential power legitimate, and when is it problematic? Can an often invisible Congress regain its prerogatives? And how do inter-branch maneuverings shape the 2022 midterm elections and Biden’s success moving forward?

This talk is part of the King's Occasional Lectures series.

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