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The New Imperial Presidency by Andrew Rudalevige

Title The New Imperial Presidency
Author Andrew Rudalevige
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Release Date 2005-09
Category History
Total Pages 358
ISBN 0472114301
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Has the imperial presidency returned? The New Imperial Presidency suggests that the Congressional framework meant to guide and constrain presidential behavior has slowly eroded over the decades since Watergate. Author Andrew Rudalevige describes the evolution of executive power in our separated system of governance. Rudalevige discusses the abuse of power that prompted what he calls the resurgence regime against the imperial presidency, and inquires as to how and why, over the three decades that followed Watergate, presidents regained their standing. The New Imperial Presidency shows that presidents have always tried to interpret Constitutional powers broadly. Ambitious executives can choose from an array of actions that push against congressional power and, finding insufficient resistance, expand the scope of presidential power.

The Imperial Presidency by Arthur Meier Schlesinger

Title The Imperial Presidency
Author Arthur Meier Schlesinger
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2004
Category History
Total Pages 589
ISBN 0618420010
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The presidential historian charts the progression of American power from George Washington to George W. Bush, revealing the exercise of power through the office as it has developed into an "imperial" seat of authority, in an updated edition of the classic history. Reprint.

Title The Myth of the Imperial Presidency
Author Dino P. Christenson
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2020
Category Executive power
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780226704364
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Many have long decried the dramatic expansion of presidential unilateral power since the New Deal and World War II. The Republicans complained about Barack Obama's use of executive orders on issues dealing with the environment and immigration among other areas while Democrats and many Republicans object to Donald Trump's use of executive authority in areas like trade and to build his wall on the border with Mexico. However, the most perplexing question is what can explain the relative paucity, not the proliferation, of unilateral actions. In this book the authors look at the role of public opinion and the political costs that might follow unilateral action as constraints on presidents. The authors argue that public opinion-not formal checks by Congress and the courts-serves as the primary constraint on the unilateral executive"--

The Living Presidency by Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash

Title The Living Presidency
Author Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash
Publisher Harvard University Press
Release Date 2020-04-21
Category Political Science
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780674245211
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A constitutional originalist sounds the alarm over the presidency’s ever-expanding powers, ascribing them unexpectedly to the liberal embrace of a living Constitution. Liberal scholars and politicians routinely denounce the imperial presidency—a self-aggrandizing executive that has progressively sidelined Congress. Yet the same people invariably extol the virtues of a living Constitution, whose meaning adapts with the times. Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash argues that these stances are fundamentally incompatible. A constitution prone to informal amendment systematically favors the executive and ensures that there are no enduring constraints on executive power. In this careful study, Prakash contends that an originalist interpretation of the Constitution can rein in the “living presidency” legitimated by the living Constitution. No one who reads the Constitution would conclude that presidents may declare war, legislate by fiat, and make treaties without the Senate. Yet presidents do all these things. They get away with it, Prakash argues, because Congress, the courts, and the public routinely excuse these violations. With the passage of time, these transgressions are treated as informal constitutional amendments. The result is an executive increasingly liberated from the Constitution. The solution is originalism. Though often associated with conservative goals, originalism in Prakash’s argument should appeal to Republicans and Democrats alike, as almost all Americans decry the presidency’s stunning expansion. The Living Presidency proposes a baker’s dozen of reforms, all of which could be enacted if only Congress asserted its lawful authority.

Title The Imperial Presidency and the Constitution
Author Gary Schmitt
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date 2017-02-06
Category Political Science
Total Pages 220
ISBN 9781538101032
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Imperial Presidency and the Constitution examines presidential power from a variety of perspectives: analyzing the president’s role in the administrative state, as commander-in-chief, as occupant of the modern “Bully Pulpit,” and, in separate essays, addressing recent presidents’ relationship with Congress and the Supreme Court.

The Executive Unbound by Eric A. Posner

Title The Executive Unbound
Author Eric A. Posner
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2011-03-16
Category Law
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0199831750
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ever since Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. used "imperial presidency" as a book title, the term has become central to the debate about the balance of power in the U.S. government. Since the presidency of George W. Bush, when advocates of executive power such as Dick Cheney gained ascendancy, the argument has blazed hotter than ever. Many argue the Constitution itself is in grave danger. What is to be done? The answer, according to legal scholars Eric Posner and Adrian Vermeule, is nothing. In The Executive Unbound, they provide a bracing challenge to conventional wisdom, arguing that a strong presidency is inevitable in the modern world. Most scholars, they note, object to today's level of executive power because it varies so dramatically from the vision of the framers. But there is nothing in our system of checks and balances that intrinsically generates order or promotes positive arrangements. In fact, the greater complexity of the modern world produces a concentration of power, particularly in the White House. The authors chart the rise of executive authority straight through to the Obama presidency. Political, cultural and social restraints, they argue, have been more effective in preventing dictatorship than any law. The executive-centered state tends to generate political checks that substitute for the legal checks of the Madisonian constitution.

Title Reining in the Imperial Presidency
Author John Conyers
Publisher DIANE Publishing
Release Date 2009
Category Abuse of administrative power
Total Pages 539
ISBN 9781437915709
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Documents the various abuses that occurred during the Bush Admin. relating to the House Judiciary Committee¿s review and jurisdiction, and to develop a comprehensive set of recommendations to prevent the recurrence of these or similar abuses in the future. Contents: Preface: ¿Deconstructing the Imperial Presidency,¿ which describes and critiques the key war power memos that gave rise to the concept of broad-based, unreviewable, and secret presidential powers in time of war. Also describes specific abuses of the Imperial Presidency relating to Judiciary Comm. inquiries. Includes a comprehensive set of 47 policy recommendations designed to respond to the abuses and excesses of the Bush Imperial Presidency.

Power Without Constraint by Chris Edelson

Title Power Without Constraint
Author Chris Edelson
Publisher University of Wisconsin Pres
Release Date 2016-05-11
Category History
Total Pages 239
ISBN 9780299307400
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Despite rhetorical differences, the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama have both claimed broadly unrestrained presidential power in matters of military force, surveillance, and the state secrets privilege.

The Imperial Presidency by Arthur Meier Schlesinger

Title The Imperial Presidency
Author Arthur Meier Schlesinger
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1988
Category Executive power
Total Pages 505
ISBN LCCN:89207122
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Obama At War by Ryan C. Hendrickson

Title Obama at War
Author Ryan C. Hendrickson
Publisher University Press of Kentucky
Release Date 2015-06-03
Category Political Science
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9780813160955
Language English, Spanish, and French
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During President Barack Obama's first term in office, the United States expanded its military presence in Afghanistan and increased drone missile strikes across Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The administration also deployed the military to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean, engaged in a sustained bombing operation in Libya, and deployed U.S. Special Forces in Central Africa to capture or kill Joseph Kony. In these cases, President Obama decided to use force without congressional approval. Yet, this increased executive power has not been achieved simply by the presidential assertion of such powers. It has also been supported by a group of senators and representatives who, for political reasons that stem from constant campaigning, seek to avoid responsibility for military action abroad. In this revealing book, Ryan C. Hendrickson examines President Obama's use of force in his first term with four major case studies. He demonstrates that, much like his predecessors, Obama has protected the executive branch's right not only to command, but also to determine when and where American forces are deployed. He also considers the voting records of Democrat John Kerry and Republican John McCain in the Senate, detailing how both men have played leading roles in empowering the commander-in-chief while limiting Congress's influence on military decision-making. Obama at War establishes that the imperial presidency poses significant foreign policy risks, and concludes with possible solutions to restore a more meaningful balance of power. The first book on the constitutional and political relationship between President Obama and the U.S. Congress and the use of military force, this timely reassessment of war powers provides a lucid examination of executive privilege and legislative deference in the modern American republic.

Daybreak by David Swanson

Title Daybreak
Author David Swanson
Publisher Seven Stories Press
Release Date 2011-01-04
Category Political Science
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781609800659
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Daybreak is a thorough investigation of how Bush/Cheney altered the way American government works and deteriorated the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It includes clear plans for how we may reclaim democracy, declare our rights, and truly set out for a new America. Shocking and inspirational, Daybreak provides a clear breakdown of all that we have lost, and all that we have to gain.

Title The Imperial Presidency and the Consequences of 9 11
Author James R. Silkenat
Publisher Greenwood Publishing Group
Release Date 2007
Category Political Science
Total Pages 475
ISBN 0275994406
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A collection of documents (with introductions) that represent the independent voice of the nation's largest and most influential municipal bar, these materials represent an impressive variety of hard-hitting reports, letters and briefs addressing legal issues arising out of the global war on terror.

Politics Online by Richard Davis

Title Politics Online
Author Richard Davis
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2013-05-13
Category Computers
Total Pages 184
ISBN 9781135433635
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Despite the growth of various forms of online discussion, their impact on American political life is only beginning to be examined systematically. In Politics Online Richard Davis provides a thorough analysis detailing the political attitudes, behavior, and demographic nature of the electronic discussion community contrasting that community with the general public.

By Executive Order by Andrew Rudalevige

Title By Executive Order
Author Andrew Rudalevige
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2021-04-06
Category Political Science
Total Pages 328
ISBN 9780691203713
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How the executive branch—not the president alone—formulates executive orders, and how this process constrains the chief executive's ability to act unilaterally The president of the United States is commonly thought to wield extraordinary personal power through the issuance of executive orders. In fact, the vast majority of such orders are proposed by federal agencies and shaped by negotiations that span the executive branch. By Executive Order provides the first comprehensive look at how presidential directives are written—and by whom. In this eye-opening book, Andrew Rudalevige examines more than five hundred executive orders from the 1930s to today—as well as more than two hundred others negotiated but never issued—shedding vital new light on the multilateral process of drafting supposedly unilateral directives. He draws on a wealth of archival evidence from the Office of Management and Budget and presidential libraries as well as original interviews to show how the crafting of orders requires widespread consultation and compromise with a formidable bureaucracy. Rudalevige explains the key role of management in the presidential skill set, detailing how bureaucratic resistance can stall and even prevent actions the chief executive desires, and how presidents must bargain with the bureaucracy even when they seek to act unilaterally. Challenging popular conceptions about the scope of presidential power, By Executive Order reveals how the executive branch holds the power to both enact and constrain the president’s will.

Title Making U S Foreign Policy Toward South Asia
Author Lloyd I. Rudolph
Publisher Indiana University Press
Release Date 2008
Category History
Total Pages 439
ISBN 9780253220004
Language English, Spanish, and French
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U.S.South Asian relations as seen through the administrations of presidents Johnson, Nixon, and George W. Bush

Title Executive Policymaking
Author Meena Bose
Publisher Brookings Institution Press
Release Date 2020-10-06
Category Political Science
Total Pages 323
ISBN 9780815737964
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A deep look into the agency that implements the president’s marching orders to the rest of the executive branch The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is one of the federal government’s most important and powerful agencies—but it’s also one of the least-known among the general public. This book describes why the office is so important and why both scholars and citizens should know more about what it does. The predecessor to the modern OMB was founded in 1921, as the Bureau of the Budget within the Treasury Department. President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved it in 1939 into the Executive Office of the President, where it’s been ever since. The office received its current name in 1970, during the Nixon administration. For most people who know about it, the OMB’s only apparent job is to supervise preparation of the president’s annual budget request to Congress. That job, in itself, gives the office tremendous influence within the executive branch. But OMB has other responsibilities that give it a central role in how the federal government functions on a daily basis. OMB reviews all of the administration’s legislative proposals and the president’s executive orders. It oversees the development and implementation of nearly all government management initiatives. The office also analyses the costs and benefits of major government regulations, this giving it great sway over government actions that affect nearly every person and business in America. One question facing voters in the 2020 elections will be how well the executive branch has carried out the president’s promises; a major aspect of that question centers around the wider work of the OMB. This book will help members of the public, as well as scholars and other experts, answer that question.

Takeover by Charlie Savage

Title Takeover
Author Charlie Savage
Publisher Little, Brown
Release Date 2007-09-05
Category Political Science
Total Pages 416
ISBN 0316019615
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1789, the Founding Fathers came up with a system of checks and balances to keep kingly powers out of the hands of American presidents. But in the 1970s and '80s, a faction of Republican loyalists, outraged by the fall of the imperial presidency after Watergate and the Vietnam War, abandoned conservatives' traditional suspicion of concentrated government power. These men hatched a plot that would allow the White House to return to, or even surpass, the virtually unchecked powers that Richard Nixon had briefly tried to wield. Congress would be defanged, and the commander-in-chief would be able to assert a unilateral dominance both at home and abroad. Today, this plot is coming to fruition. As Takeover reveals, the Bush-Cheney administration has succeeded in seizing vast powers for the presidency by throwing off many of the restraints placed upon it by Congress, the courts, and the Constitution. This timely book unveils the secret machinations behind the headlines, explaining the links between warrantless wiretapping and the President Bush's Supreme Court nominees, between the torture debate and the secrecy surrounding Vice President Cheney's energy task force, and between the "faith-based initiative" and the holding of US citizens without trial as "enemy combatants." It tells, for the first time, the full story of a hidden agenda three decades in the making, laying out how a group of true believers set out to establish monarchical executive powers that, in the words of one conservative critic, "will lie around like a loaded weapon" ready to be picked up by any future president. Brilliantly reported and deftly told, Takeover is a searing investigation into how the constitutional balance of our democracy is in danger of being permanently altered. For anyone who cares about America's past, present, and future, it is essential reading.

War And The American Presidency by Arthur Meier Schlesinger

Title War and the American Presidency
Author Arthur Meier Schlesinger
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2005-10-17
Category Political Science
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780393346350
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Historical reflections that deftly challenge the political and ideological foundations of President Bush's foreign policy."--Charles A. Kupchan, New York Times In a book that brings a magisterial command of history to the most urgent of contemporary questions, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., explores the war in Iraq, the presidency, and the future of democracy. Describing unilateralism as "the oldest doctrine in American history," Schlesinger nevertheless warns of the dangers posed by the fatal turn in U.S. policy from deterrence and containment to preventive war. He writes powerfully about George W. Bush's expansion of presidential power, reminding us nevertheless of our country's distinguished legacy of patriotism through dissent in wartime. And in a new chapter written especially for the paperback edition, he examines the historical role of religion in American politics as a background for an assessment of Bush's faith-based presidency.

Title The Cult of the Presidency
Author Gene Healy
Publisher Cato Institute
Release Date 2009
Category History
Total Pages 383
ISBN 9781933995199
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Bush years have given rise to fears of a resurgent Imperial Presidency, but the problem cannot be solved simply by bringing a new administration to power. Both Left and Right agree on the boundless nature of presidential responsibility. For both sides, it is the president's job to grow the economy, teach our children well, save us from hurricanes, and even to spread democracy abroad. In short, the Imperial Presidency is the price we pay for making the office the focus of our national hopes and dreams. Combining historical scholarship, legal analysis, and cultural commentary, The Cult of the Presidency argues that the presidency needs to be reined in, with its powers checked by Congress and the courts. Only then will we begin to return the presidency to its proper constitutional role.

Title Fault Lines A History of the United States Since 1974
Author Kevin M. Kruse
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2019-01-08
Category History
Total Pages 464
ISBN 9780393634549
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"A gripping and troubling account of the origins of our turbulent times.” —Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States When—and how—did America become so polarized? In this masterful history, leading historians Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer uncover the origins of our current moment. It all starts in 1974 with the Watergate crisis, the OPEC oil embargo, desegregation busing riots in Boston, and the wind-down of the Vietnam War. What follows is the story of our own lifetimes. It is the story of ever-widening historical fault lines over economic inequality, race, gender, and sexual norms firing up a polarized political landscape. It is also the story of profound transformations of the media and our political system fueling the fire. Kruse and Zelizer’s Fault Lines is a master class in national divisions nearly five decades in the making.