Friday, February 15, 2013

What's the problem, office(r)?

Six Puzzles for Professor Akhil Amar: The Puzzles, by Seth Barrett Tillman, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) - Faculty of Law, available at SSRN,
"The Constitution of 1787 uses a variety of language in regard to 'office' and 'officer.'

"It makes use of several variants on 'office under the United States,' and it also uses 'officer of the United States,' 'office under the Authority of the United States,' and, sometimes, just 'officer' without any modifying terminology. Why did the Framers make these stylistic choices (if a choice it was)? ..."