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July 8 @ 15:20 - 16:50 UTCJuly 8 @ 11:20 - 12:50 New YorkJuly 8 @ 10:20 - 11:50 BogotáJuly 8 @ 23:20 - 00:50 SingaporeJuly 9 @ 01:20 - 02:50 SydneyJuly 8 @ 17:20 - 18:50 Rome

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The role(s) of the civil service in constitutional democracies

Professors Dixon & Landau, in their I.CON paper on transnational constitutionalism and unconstitutional amendment, suggested that a meritocratic civil service had not been transnationally recognized as a fundamental constitutional value. Should it be? This panel will explore questions about the civil service, including: the degree to which existing constitutional provisions require or promote an independent and accountable civil service – the civil service‘s relationship to necessary degrees of checks and balances – its relationship to the need for “democratic competency,“ knowledge and expertise in contemporary public administration – its role in emergencies (like the COVID-19 pandemic) – the role of courts in protecting both accountability and independence of the administrative bureaucracy – and divergences in the civil service‘s constitutional position in distinct legal/political systems. After brief presentations by panelists, conversation among them all and with attendees will follow.

Chair(s): Vicki Jackson