The Baldy Center Podcast


Episode 29: Anya Bernstein discusses judicial populism and the cultures of bureaucracy

Published May 5, 2022

Episode 29 of The Baldy Center Podcast features Anya Bernstein discussing judicial populism, the bureaucratic role of law clerks, and the dangers of exclusionary worldviews in law and society.

Keywords: populism, judicial review, bureaucracy, bureaucrats, authoritarian populism, democracy.

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Judicial populism is a style of writing judicial opinions that shares some of the key traits with political populist rhetoric. [...] We've seen this movement in a lot of the Eastern Bloc countries, in Hungary and Poland primarily. This is something we saw with Donald Trump in the U.S. — an attempt to use the election form to get somebody installed who would then not be subject to further elections, but rather impose a kind of universalizing but exclusionary political worldview.” 

        – Anya Bernstein, Professor, School of Law
           (Baldy Center Podcast, 2022)


Anya Bernstein, Professor, School of Law, University at Buffalo

Research Focus: Administrative Law and Comparative Administrative Law, Jurisdiction & Civil Procedure, Legislation & Statutory Interpretation, Law and Society

Anya Bernstein.

Anya Berstein

Anya Bernstein teaches and writes about administrative law, civil procedure, legal interpretation, and the cultures of bureaucracy. With training in both law and anthropology, Bernstein uses approaches from both disciplines to explore how judges and administrators legitimize their actions and imagine their government. She has done extensive research in both the United States and Taiwan, giving her work a comparative perspective.  Faculty profile. 

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2021-22 Podcast Producer

Edgar Girtain, Podcast 2021-22 Host/Producer.

Edgar Girtain, Podcast 2021-22 Host/Producer

Edgar Girtain is host/producer of the 2021-22 Edition of The Baldy Center Podcast. He is a PhD student in the music department at SUNY Buffalo, where he studies with David Felder. Girtain is a director of the Casa de Las Artes at the University of Southern Chile (UACh), and president of the Southern Chilean Composers Forum (FoCo Sur).He is an eminent composer, pianist, and writer of his own biographies. Girtain's diverse areas of work are often collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and international in ambition if not in practice.

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Samantha Barbas, PhD
Professor, UB School of Law
Director, The Baldy Center

Caroline Funk, PhD
Associate Director, The Baldy Center

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