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.