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A Theory of Government Reenvisioned

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Richard PildesRichard H. Pildes delivered the inaugural lecture of the Sudler Family Professorship of Constitutional Law on March 20, 2007. In “Separation of Parties, Not Powers: Re-Creating Checks and Balances in Modern Government,” Pildes made the case that the central dynamic of government is competition between parties, rather than between the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Pildes (at far left with Trustees Eileen ’74 and Peter Sudler ’73) cowrote an article on this topic that was published in the June 2006 Harvard Law Review.