What are Executive Orders? [No. 86 Project]

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How are executive orders different from laws? Are they a modern development in the executive branch? Professor Ilan Wurman explains the nature and scope of executive orders, and whether the usage of such orders has changed over time.

Ilan Wurman is an associate professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where he teaches administrative law and constitutional law. He is the author of A Debt Against the Living: An Introduction to Originalism (Cambridge 2017).

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