The Presidency And The Challenge Of Democracy / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"This book presents a superb collection of analyses of the nature of executive power in our separation-of-powers system. The essays are soundly based in the Constitution and provide an incisive perspective on the constiutional power of the president and its limits. For anyone interested in the constitutional dimensions of President Bush's assertions of presidential power, this book provides an excellent overview."
—James P. Pfiffner, Professor in the School of Public Policy, George Mason University
"This book could not be more timely. It is an essential roadmap for studying the central issues of the presidency that are making headlines today."

—Eugene J. Alpert, Ph.D., The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

"These distinguished presidential scholars offer a devastating critique of presidents who have taken executive power well beyond the framers' intentions. Their arguments are accessible to students of political science and the general public, and they help those of us who think about how presidential power should be counterbalanced by checks and balances in a constitutional and democratic system."
—Richard M. Pious, Adolph and Effie Ochs Professor, Barnard College

"The Presidency and the Challenge of Democracy is engaging, provocative, and timely. There may be no contemporary issue more important than the question of executive power. Certainly some will find the book's conclusions controversial, but the arguments made by the contributors—all of whom are highly accomplished scholars in the fields of the presidency and constitutional law—must be taken seriously by anyone concerned with the future of American democracy."
—Matthew J. Streb, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northern Illinois University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403974235
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Evolving American Presidency Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (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

Introduction: Is the Presidency Dangerous to Democracy?—Michael A. Genovese
• From Presidential Wars to American Hegemony: The Constitution After 9/11—Louis Fisher
• Guarding the Parchment Barrier: The Attorney General and Presidential Power in Wartime—Nancy V. Baker
• The Constitutional Checks and Balances that Neither Check Nor Balance—Nancy Kassop
The Commander-in-Chief Power and Constitutional Invention in the Bush Administration—Robert J. Spitzer
• The President Over the Public: The Plebiscitary Presidency at Center Stage—Lori Cox Han
• From Multilateralism to Unilateralism: Evaluating U.S. Policy Making in the United Nations, Gulf Wars I and II—Meena Bose
• The President as King: The Usurpation of War and Foreign Affairs Powers in the Modern Age—David Gray Adler
• Conclusion: The American Presidency in the Post 9/11 World
Thomas E Cronin

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