Challenges & Reforms

In recent decades, norms governing Presidential power have eroded, and statutory controls have proven inadequate. The Presidential Reform Project aims to promote consideration of legally enforceable constraints on the Presidency, and to strengthen Executive Branch norms that cannot be regulated by Congressional statute. This reform program is designed to impose much-needed constraints without enfeebling the Presidency.

Our work in recent years has focused primarily on three key areas: law enforcement, accountability, and electoral reform. Building on successes in recent years, we continue to work to protect the integrity of America’s justice system, ensure public corruption laws are upheld, and re-set boundaries of executive authority to ensure a strong, constitutionally accountable Chief Executive.

We can reform the Presidency and bring it into alignment with the Founders’ vision. But doing so requires sustained attention on the issues that matter.

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Law Enforcement

Informal norms that govern the President's relationship with law enforcement have proven to be insufficient to prevent abuses.
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Electoral Reform

Vulnerabilities written into the Electoral Count Act allowed bad actors to use it to subvert the peaceful transfer of power in 2020 - 21. We helped pass new legislation to fix it.
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Executive Power

Legislative and Executive Branch reforms should focus on reining in an over-extended Executive Branch and adding greater legal specificity to certain Presidential powers.
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