Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action / Edition 1

Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action / Edition 1

by William G. Howell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691102708

ISBN-13: 9780691102702

Pub. Date: 07/08/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Since the early 1960s, scholarly thinking on the power of U.S. presidents has rested on these words: "Presidential power is the power to persuade." Power, in this formulation, is strictly about bargaining and convincing other political actors to do things the president cannot accomplish alone. Power without Persuasion argues otherwise. Focusing on

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Since the early 1960s, scholarly thinking on the power of U.S. presidents has rested on these words: "Presidential power is the power to persuade." Power, in this formulation, is strictly about bargaining and convincing other political actors to do things the president cannot accomplish alone. Power without Persuasion argues otherwise. Focusing on presidents' ability to act unilaterally, William Howell provides the most theoretically substantial and far-reaching reevaluation of presidential power in many years. He argues that presidents regularly set public policies over vocal objections by Congress, interest groups, and the bureaucracy.

Throughout U.S. history, going back to the Louisiana Purchase and the Emancipation Proclamation, presidents have set landmark policies on their own. More recently, Roosevelt interned Japanese Americans during World War II, Kennedy established the Peace Corps, Johnson got affirmative action underway, Reagan greatly expanded the president's powers of regulatory review, and Clinton extended protections to millions of acres of public lands. Since September 11, Bush has created a new cabinet post and constructed a parallel judicial system to try suspected terrorists.

Howell not only presents numerous new empirical findings but goes well beyond the theoretical scope of previous studies. Drawing richly on game theory and the new institutionalism, he examines the political conditions under which presidents can change policy without congressional or judicial consent. Clearly written, Power without Persuasion asserts a compelling new formulation of presidential power, one whose implications will resound.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691102702
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/08/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,118,734
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
List of Tablesxi
Prefacexiii
1.Presidential Power in the Modern Era1
2.A Formal Representation of Unilateral Action24
3.Bridge Building55
4.Theory Testing76
5.Congressional Constraints on Presidential Power101
6.The Institutional Foundations of Judicial Deference136
7.Conclusion175
Appendixes
1.Coding of Executive Orders189
2.Proofs of Propositions in the Unilateral Politics Model192
3.Identifying Congressional Challenges to Executive Orders196
4.Federal Court Challenges to Executive Orders198
Notes203
Bibliography219
Index231

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