I Do Solemnly Swear: the President's Constitutional Oath: Its Meaning and Importance in the History of Oaths

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I Do Solemnly Swear is an in-depth analysis of the meaning and importance of U.S. President's oath of office. The oath requires the President to preserve, protect, and defend the Union by any means and then transmit it unimpaired to his successor. Pauley examines the potential political and legal ramifications of such an oath and its role as a source of presidential power. Beginning with a survey of the history of oaths from the classical world to the modern era, Pauley analyzes the President's oath within the ...

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Overview

I Do Solemnly Swear is an in-depth analysis of the meaning and importance of U.S. President's oath of office. The oath requires the President to preserve, protect, and defend the Union by any means and then transmit it unimpaired to his successor. Pauley examines the potential political and legal ramifications of such an oath and its role as a source of presidential power. Beginning with a survey of the history of oaths from the classical world to the modern era, Pauley analyzes the President's oath within the context of American political and constitutional development. Those with scholarly interests in government, politics, or law will find this work enlightening.

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Focuses on the President's oath as the point in our institutional government where it defends itself against pressures that are brought to bear on it from our domestic civil society and from foreign regimes. Part I establishes the history of oaths from ancient times to the eve of the American Revolution, and Part II examines the role of oaths in the social-contract moment of the American and French Revolutions. Part III studies the American President's oath in light of the stages of American political development. Pauley teaches law at Southern New England School of Law. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761814887
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew A. Pauley is Assistant Professor of Law at Southern New England School of Law at N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 Oaths and the Social-Contract Theory of Thomas Hobbes chapter 3 Oaths Among the Greeks and Romans and in the Early Christian Centuries chapter 4 Oaths in the Post-Roman Western World Down to the American Revolution chapter 5 From European Theory to American Revolutionary Practice chapter 6 Oaths and the French Revolutionary Experience chapter 7 From Locke, Madison, and Tocqueville to Bagehot and Wilson chapter 8 The President's Oath as a Source of Power? chapter 9 The President's Oath as a Formality? The Crowning of an Unhereditary Monarch chapter 10 Conclusion: Perfecting the Union vs. Protecting It: A Final Word on the Meaning and Importance of the President's Oath

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