Constitution Day was this weekend, but should it have been?

…and going throughout the summer, I sus­pect the signers were those who just hap­pened to be around at the end,” Tolley said. The 11 unaccounted-​​​​for del­e­gates “may have already returned home,” he said. Those who did sign it though? They knew how to cel­e­brate after­ward. “Washington’s diary reports what he and the other del­e­gates did after affixing their sig­na­tures on Sept. 17—they retired to the local tavern!” Tolley said. Age before bea…

The evolution of constitutional federalism

Michael Tolley, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence at North­eastern with exper­tise in com­par­a­tive con­sti­tu­tion­alism, began his Con­sti­tu­tion Day lec­ture on Thursday by quoting former Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wilson from 1908: “Fed­er­alism is the car­dinal ques­tion of Amer­ican con­sti­tu­tional law.” Tolley’s lec­ture, held in Renais­sance Park, coin­cided with the day com­mem­o­rating the for­ma­tion and signing of the U.S…

Examining the Affordable Care Act

At a panel dis­cus­sion in Dockser Hall on Tuesday, a trio of North­eastern pro­fes­sors addressed the con­sti­tu­tional chal­lenges and polit­ical impli­ca­tions of the Supreme Court hearing argu­ments this week on the Afford­able Care Act. Photo by Dominick Reuter. Regard­less of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Pres­i­dent Obama’s sig­na­ture health-​​​​care leg­is­la­tion — the Patient Pro­tec­tion and Afford­able Care Act — the ver­dict wi…