Published August 06, 2020 by Tom Porter

Presidential Power in the Pandemic

What powers does the president have, in the Constitution and in law, to deal with public health emergencies? How has the current administration used both specific delegated powers and the authority of the administrative state generally? How do politics intersect with formal powers in this area?

These are some of the questions tackled by Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige, who is also chair of Bowdoin’s government and legal studies department. He recently presented a remote webinar and Q&A for the Bowdoin community titled “Pandemics and Presidential Power.”

Rudalevige’s presentation, which is available to watch below, was held on July 30, 2020, and draws on a forthcoming article written with his former honors student Victoria Yu '19. That article will appear in the September 2020 issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly.