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Regulate/Mandate; Two Perspectives


John T. Valauri


Northern Kentucky University - Salmon P. Chase College of Law

February 14, 2013


Abstract:     
The debate and litigation over the constitutionality of the individual mandate during the past few years has revealed an utter lack of consensus on the bench and in the academy concerning the scope of and limits on the congressional commerce power. The parties here are divided into two different camps and see questions and cases from opposing perspectives which color and frame their perception and understanding of the topic. One perspective is a dynamic take on the New Deal Settlement which sees Congress as possessing essentially unlimited legislative power over commerce. The other perspective freezes doctrine in place and accepts the New Deal Settlement and cases decided before the individual mandate debate, but will go no farther than that.

This article takes up the question of whether Congress’ power to regulate commerce also includes the power to mandate commerce and uses it to reciprocally explore and illuminate both the individual mandate debate and the dueling perspectives which underlie and shape that debate. It does this by examining the ways in which the meaning and significance of the activity/inactivity distinction and the words “regulate,” “commerce,” “mandate” and “commandeer” are understood, analyzed and argued from the two perspectives and then trying to determine what progress toward consensus is attainable there.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 61

Keywords: commerce, mandates, regulation, constitutional law, NFIB

JEL Classification: K19

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Date posted: February 14, 2013  

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Valauri, John T., Regulate/Mandate; Two Perspectives (February 14, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2217883 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2217883

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Northern Kentucky University - Salmon P. Chase College of Law ( email )
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Highland Heights, KY 41099
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859-572-5387 (Phone)
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