Partisan Entrenchment in the Civil Service: The Case of the Justice Department

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June 25 2008 11:17 AM

Partisan Entrenchment in the Civil Service: The Case of the Justice Department

Back in 2006, I wrote about the Bush administration's plans to stock the Justice Department with movement conservatives, based on earlier reporting by Charlie Savage . The Inspector General's office has now issued a critical report arguing that the administration systematically and illegally used ideological and political allegiances to decide which law-school graduates it would hire in the Department of Justice's honors program and summer internships, which are often stepping stones to permanent jobs.

Much of what I had to say in 2006 is still relevant today to understanding what is going on here.

Jack M. Balkin is Knight professor of constitutional law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School.

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