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  • September 19, 2019

For Debate: Should the Constitution Be More Democratic?

Recent calls to reform or amend the Electoral College as well as constitutional battles from redistricting to voting rights, have raised the question of whether the U.S. constitutional system of representative democracy is too democratic or not democratic enough. Leading constitutional scholars Randy Barnett and Vikram Amar join the debate.

This program is generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.



Randy Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. He has published eleven books and over one hundred articles and reviews, including a forthcoming new book and  sixty-three video series, An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know, co-authored with Josh Blackman.

Vikram Amar joined the College of Law as its Dean in 2015. He has produced several books, over sixty articles in leading law reviews, and is a co-author (along with Akhil Reed Amar and Steven Calabresi) of the upcoming edition of the six volume Treatise on Constitutional Law (West Publishing Co., 6th ed. 2021). He writes a biweekly column on constitutional matters for Justia.com and a monthly column on legal education for abovethelaw.com. A strong proponent of public and professional engagement, Amar is also an elected member of the American Law Institute.


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