The Constitutional Presidency

The Constitutional Presidency

by Joseph M. Bessette
     
 

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Since 1981, when Joseph M. Bessette and Jeffrey K. Tulis first published The Presidency in the Constitutional Order, the study of the constitutional powers of the presidency has advanced considerably. This volume continues the conversation.

After introducing and identifying the main approaches to the study of the constitutional presidency and the nature of

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Overview

Since 1981, when Joseph M. Bessette and Jeffrey K. Tulis first published The Presidency in the Constitutional Order, the study of the constitutional powers of the presidency has advanced considerably. This volume continues the conversation.

After introducing and identifying the main approaches to the study of the constitutional presidency and the nature of executive power, Bessette and Tulis, along with other constitutional scholars, cover a wide range of topics, including the following:

The logic and meaning of Article II of the Constitution

The constitutional and political debate over Washington's Proclamation of Neutrality of 1793

The contribution of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft to the constitutional foundations of the modern presidency

The controversy over the presidential election of 2000 and the Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore

Military tribunals and the war on terrorism

Executive orders and executive privilege

Demagoguery in democratic regimes

Conjoining political and legal modes of analysis, the book shows how constitutional interpretation is indispensable to an adequate description of political behavior and serves as the source of standards for evaluating presidential conduct.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801892950
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
06/11/2009
Series:
The Johns Hopkins Series in Constitutional Thought Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Beau Breslin

A wonderful collection that will generate new interest in the ways in which American presidents work under our constitutional structure. The scholarship is sound and the approach is fundamental to our continuing understanding of the political landscape.

Sidney M. Milkis

Joseph Bessette and Jeffrey Tulis have assembled a cast of leading scholars and fresh voices who show that the promise and perils of executive power rest in the president’s ever changing relationship to the Congress, the Courts, and public opinion. The Constitutional Presidency is must reading for scholars and students who want to understand the executive’s critical, uneasy place in the American political system.

Louis Fisher

Once again Bessette and Tulis combine their considerable talents to publish a thoughtful collection of essays that explore the reach of presidential power. They underscore that scholarly efforts to study political behavior must carefully consider constitutional sources and limits.

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