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.
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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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