Presidency and the Challenge of Democracy / Edition 1

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It is clear that the tectonic plates of the American political system are gravitating towards a model of presidential government not envisioned and, in fact, precluded by the constitutional design of the framers of the United States Constitution. As the presidency eclipses Congress and the courts in power, and public/media attention, the balance of powers has tilted. In this accessible book, leading scholars explore the reasons for and implications of the rising power of the presidency.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403974228
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/17/2006
  • Series: The Evolving American Presidency
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Genovese is Professor of Political Science and Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies, and Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Lori Cox Han is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Chapman University.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Notes on Contributors     xi
Is the Presidency Dangerous to Democracy?   Michael A. Genovese     1
From Presidential Wars to American Hegemony: The Constitution After 9/11   Louis Fisher     23
Guarding the Parchment Barrier: The Attorney General and Presidential Power in Wartime   Nancy V. Baker     53
The Constitutional Checks and Balances that Neither Check Nor Balance   Nancy Kassop     73
The Commander in Chief Power and Constitutional Invention in the Bush Administration   Robert J. Spitzer     93
The President Over the Public: The Plebiscitary Presidency at Center Stage   Lori Cox Han     119
Who Makes U.S. Foreign Policy? Presidential Leadership in Gulf Wars I and II   Meena Bose     139
The President as King: The Usurpation of War and Foreign Affairs Powers in the Modern Age   David Gray Adler     159
Conclusion: The American Presidency in a Post 9/11 World   Thomas E. Cronin     191
Index     201
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