President or King? Evaluating the Expansion of Executive Power from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush

Meena Bose (Editor)
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, USA

Series: White House Studies


Volume 10

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With the expansion of the federal government since the 1930s and the rise of the United States as a global power in the twentieth century, the need for a powerful president to direct American priorities and policies is clear. In times of national crisis, domestic and international focus on the president becomes even greater, with the widespread expectation that executive leadership is necessary to combat the challenge. The need for checks on that power by other institutions of American government, namely Congress and the courts, also is evident, though the balancing of presidential power typically has not developed in conjunction with its expansion. This edited volume analyzes the growth of presidential power from the Civil War era to the present, examining both emergency situations in wartime and developments in non-crisis periods. (Imprint: Nova)



Part I: Constitutional Limitations on Presidential Power in Wartime
(Meena Bose)
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Presidential Ascendancy in Foreign Affairs and the Subversion of the Constitution, pp. 3-26
(David Gray Adler)
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Presidents Operating Under the Law, pp. 27-42
(Louis Fisher)
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Institutional Rivalries in Presidential War Powers Cases: A Political Perspective on the Jurisprudence, pp. 43-61
(Rebecca Curry)
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Reverse Effect: Congressional and Judicial Restraints on Presidential Power, pp. 63-76
(Nancy Kassop)
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Part II: Examining the Use of Presidential Power in the George W. Bush Administration
(Meena Bose)

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Congressional Abdication and the Cult of the Presidency, pp. 79-97
(Gene Healy)
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To Be (Unitarian) or Not To Be (Unitarian): Presidential Power in the George W. Bush Administration, pp. 99-121
(Christopher Kelley)
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Bureaucratic Control and the Future of Presidential Power, pp. 123-140
(Andrew Rudalevige)
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Part III: The Future of Presidential Power

Harm to the Nation from Excessive Executive Branch Secrecy, pp. 143-155
(Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.)
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Civic Ignorance and the Rise of the President-King, pp. 157-167
(Eric Lane)
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Conclusion, pp. 171-177
(Julian Ku)
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About the Contributors, pp. 179-181
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Call for special Issues

Call for Research Notes

Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts

Index pp.183-195
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