Unelected & Unaccountable: Emergency Managers and Public Act 4's Threat to Representative Democracy
Michigan’s Public Act 4 has been a lightning rod for controversy since its enactment on March 16, 2011. The emergency managers have the power to suspend the authority of mayors and city councils and to administer and legislate in their place. They can even dissolve a local government if they have the Governor’s consent. These sweeping powers have triggered a considerable outcry in many quarters.