Too many members of Congress seem still to believe that the good life is brought about primarily by government programs, not by individuals acting in their private capacities. And they believe equally that the Constitution authorizes them to enact such programs, even as many Americans know better. But government rarely solves the problems it purports to solve; in fact, it usually makes those problems worse.

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Cato Studies

Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: What Lies Ahead?

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Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress

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‘Paint Is Cheaper Than Rails’: Why Congress Should Abolish New Starts

By Randal O’Toole. Policy Analysis No. 727. June 19, 2013.


Health Care Reform

Michael F. Cannon. Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Fear and Loathing at One First Street

Ilya Shapiro. Texas Review of Law & Politics. Vol. 18. No. 2. Spring 2014.

Congressional Abdication and the Cult of the Presidency

Gene Healy. White House Studies. Vol. 10. No. 2. 2010.

Public Filings

Gordon v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

By David A. Schwarz, Michael Harbour, Leah Johannesson, Ilya Shapiro, & Thaya Brook Knight. Legal Briefs. December 22, 2016.

NLRB v. SW General, Inc.

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Thomas Berry. Legal Briefs. September 26, 2016.

Texas v. United States

By Josh Blackman, Ilya Shapiro, Peter Margulies, & Leif A. Olson. Legal Briefs. May 8, 2015.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Restraining the Regulatory State

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Reclaiming the War Power

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Reclaiming the War Power.

Congress, the Courts, and the Constitution

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Congress, the Courts, and the Constitution.


“A Loaded Weapon”: The Growth of Executive Power

Featuring Gene Healy. May 18, 2016. Capitol Hill Briefing.

The Fight with ISIS: One Year (and Counting) of Unauthorized War

Featuring Gene Healy. August 6, 2015. Policy Forum.

Suspending the Law: The Obama Administration’s Approach to Extending Executive Power and Evading Judicial Review

Featuring Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Andrew M. Grossman, and Ilya Shapiro. May 21, 2014. Policy Forum.