The American Founders believed firmly in the principle of rotation in office. They thought that even successful officeholders should go back home to live under the laws after a short period in office. At the Cato Institute we stand firmly on the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, on the bedrock American values of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. And throughout our years we have been willing to criticize officials of both parties when they sought to take the country in another direction, and willing to work with administrations of both parties when they seek to expand freedom or limit government.

More on Politics and Parties


Goodbye, Obama

By Gene Healy. Reason. March 1, 2017.

There’s a Simple Legal Reason Trump Is Probably Going to Get Away with His Conflicts of Interest

By Walter Olson. Quartz. February 8, 2017.

Fake News Is Troubling — but Censorship Is Far Worse

By Ryan Bourne. City A.M. January 31, 2017.

Cato Studies

Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2016

By Chris Edwards. White Paper. October 5, 2016.

Obamacare: What We Know Now

By Michael D. Tanner. Policy Analysis No. 745. January 27, 2014.

Grading the Government’s Data Publication Practices

By Jim Harper. Policy Analysis No. 711. November 5, 2012.


Congressional Abdication and the Cult of the Presidency

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

Public Filings

The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws

By Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz. Testimony. December 13, 2013.

Congressional Term Limits

By Edward H. Crane. Testimony. January 25, 1995.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Repealing Obamacare

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Repealing Obamacare.

Toward a Congressional Resurgence

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Toward a Congressional Resurgence.

Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017)

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).


Inside Job: How Government Insiders Subvert the Public Interest

Featuring Mark A. Zupan, Emily Ekins, Jonathan Rauch, & John Samples. March 30, 2017. Book Forum.

Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era

Featuring Mindy Finn, Alex Nowrasteh, Ruy Teixeira, Robert P. Jones, Henry Olsen, Alex Lundry, Emily Ekins, Lisa Dropkin, Patrick Ruffini, & Meira Neggaz. January 25, 2017. Policy Forum.

Debating the Trump Doctrine

Featuring Emma Ashford, A. Trevor Thrall, and William Ruger. January 17, 2017. Policy Forum.