The Yale Law Journal

Richard H. Pildes


Romanticizing Democracy, Political Fragmentation, and the Decline of American Government

Richard H. Pildes

This Feature was delivered originally as the 2013-14 Ralph Gregory Elliot Lecture at Yale Law School. author. Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law. I am grateful for comments received there and at a presentati…


Political Avoidance, Constitutional Theory, and the VRA

Richard H. Pildes

Constitutional theory and design have been dominated by the specter of legislative and executive institutions voraciously seeking to expand their powers. But in modern political practice, the flight from political responsibility–the problem of political abdication–is at least as serious a threat…