President’s Question Time

The President’s public joust with House Republicans last week was widely praised and might set a useful precedent.  During the 2008 campaign, John McCain pledged that he would regularly engage in something like “Prime Minister’s Question Time.”  Perhaps this means that there is a nascent consensus developing that the opposition party should have some formal (or well-established informal) role in holding the White House to account even when they are in the minority.  In this vein, I want flag David Fontana’s new article on “Government in Opposition,” which draws on European constitutional practice to make this point.

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2 Responses

  1. Bobby Chesney says:

    Readers might also want to check out Sudha Setty’s prescient 2007 piece “The President’s Question Time: Power, Information, and the Executive Credibility Gap,” published in Cornell JL&PP and available here:

  2. Alan says:

    I’ve seen a lot of PMQs, and it’s perfectly obvious to me that our country doesn’t need any of it. It’s not very substantive or educational. A lot of the questions are just asked to score cheap points on matters of less than great significance. Worse, very frequently, when a significant question is asked but a direct answer would be damaging to the prime minister, the prime minister will dodge the question and change the subject.