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12 - What Does Effective Government Have to Do With the Constitution?

from Part V - Executive and Administrative Constitutionalism in Effective Democratic Government

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 October 2022

Vicki C. Jackson
Affiliation:
Harvard Law School, Massachusetts
Yasmin Dawood
Affiliation:
University of Toronto
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Nearly a million people dead and counting. More than 77 million infected, a little less than one-fifth of the total infections worldwide.1 The United States has had more deaths than any other country, and its COVID-19 death rate of 276 per 100,000 people is the highest among the world’s wealthiest nations.2 Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans are hospitalized and die at significantly higher rates than whites.3 Some bright lights exist too, one being the speedy development of vaccines and their deployment in 2021 – although there, too, both the national government and the states have sometimes stumbled.4 Another is legislative enactment of major fiscal measures which sustained individuals and businesses in the face of economy calamity.5 Still, by many public health measures, the United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a governmental failure.

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Print publication year: 2022

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