A research fellow at the Hoover Institution, based in Washington, DC, writing on the courts and the administrative state for such publications as The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and SCOTUSblog.
Adam J. White joins Brian Anderson to discuss the “administrative state,” often described as the fourth branch of the federal government. Under the Obama administration, bureaucratic agencies were aggressively utilized to bypass congressional hostility to the progressive agenda.
In 2014, President Obama declared his “pen and phone” strategy: if the Republican-controlled Congress was unwilling to act on his priorities, he would sign executive orders directing federal agencies to enforce new rules or ignore existing ones. Environmental regulations, immigration reform, and Internet neutrality were just a few areas where the Obama administration directed agencies to make substantial policy changes.More