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“A truly fundamental contribution to constitutional thought, especially important at a moment when the  Trump presidency is escalating the privatization of American government.”

Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School

“One of our most insightful constitutional scholars working today, Jon Michaels, has given us an eloquent, historically rooted defense of the federal government’s legitimacy. Crisply written but steeped in the most recent scholarship, Michaels’ book will be a landmark in constitutional scholarship.

Aziz Huq, University of Chicago Law School

Jon Michaels has identified a key aspect of the modern state, its increasing delegation to private businesses of fundamental tasks historically associated with governance. What is fresh and compelling about his book is his elaboration of the truly constitutional dimensions of these developments.

Sanford Levinson, Harvard Law School and University of Texas Law School

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