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The Agency Law Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause


Robert G. Natelson


The Independence Institute; Montana Policy Institute

2004

Case Western Reserve Law Review, Vol. 55, p. 243, 2004

Abstract:     
The U.S. Constitution's Necessary and Proper Clause was based on provisions very common in Founding-Era documents that empowered agents and other fiduciaries. The clause embodied both the common law doctrine of incidental powers (by which the document conveyed unexpressed subsidiary powers meeting certain well-understood criteria), and a requirement that congressional laws enacted pursuant to incidental authority comply with certain fiduciary requirements.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 80

Keywords: constitution, necessary and proper, incidental powers, elastic clause, sweeping clause, federal power, states rights

JEL Classification: K1, K10, K19

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Date posted: January 4, 2012  

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Natelson, Robert G., The Agency Law Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause (2004). Case Western Reserve Law Review, Vol. 55, p. 243, 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1979007

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Robert G. Natelson (Contact Author)
The Independence Institute ( email )
727 E. 16th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
United States
303-279-6536 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://constitution.i2i.org
Montana Policy Institute ( email )
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Bozeman, MT 59715
United States
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