Presidency In The Constitutional Order

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This classic collection of studies, first published in 1980, contributes to the revival of interest in the powers and duties of the American presidency. Unlike many previous books on the constitution and the president, the contributors to this volume are political scientists, not law professors. Accordingly, they display political scientists' concern with structures as well as power, with conflict between the branches of government as well as their functional separation, and with political prescription as well as...

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Overview

This classic collection of studies, first published in 1980, contributes to the revival of interest in the powers and duties of the American presidency. Unlike many previous books on the constitution and the president, the contributors to this volume are political scientists, not law professors. Accordingly, they display political scientists' concern with structures as well as power, with conflict between the branches of government as well as their functional separation, and with political prescription as well as legal analysis. Underlying the entire volume is a persistent attention to the nature of executive power and its particular manifestation in the American system.

Part One introduces the foundations that underlie contemporary issues, including the famous James Madison-Alexander Hamilton debate over the powers of the presidency. Contemporary political and scholarly controversies, which are the subjects of Part Two, include the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution of 1973, the legislative veto, executive privilege and secrecy, the character of the presidency, presidential selection, and the nature of executive power.

The essays in The Presidency in the Constitutional Order represent some of the most cogent thought available about the highest elected office in America, and the themes of the volume continue to be timely and provocative.

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“The Presidency in the Constitutional Order is an unusually fine collection of essays; it reflects the coming of age of the presidency literature…. In this Bessette and Tulis have carried the standards for scholarship set by their mentor Herbert Storing. These essays are a joy to read. They are skillfully written and well documented.”

Gerald De Maio, Presidential Studies Quarterly

“A good collection of heretofore unpublished essays on the presidency….All the contributions are interesting, thoughtful, and meticulously documented. Especially provocative is the excellent re-analysis of presidential “character”... Highly Recommended.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412810784
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,178,597
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Tulis teaches government at the University of Texas at Austin, is the co-editor of Johns Hopkins Series in Constitutional Thought, and is author of The Rhetorical Presidency.

Jeffrey Tulis teaches government at the University of Texas at Austin, is the co-editor of Johns Hopkins Series in Constitutional Thought, and is author of The Rhetorical Presidency.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction to the Transaction Edition (2010)

Part One—Foundations

I The Constitution, Politics, and the Presidency

Joseph M. Bessette and Jeffrey Tulis

II The Madisonian Presidency

Ruth Weissbourd Grant and Stephen Grant

III Hamilton’s Administrative Republic and the American Presidency

Harvey Flaumenhaft

Part Two—Contemporary Issues

IV The War Powers Resolution and the War Powers

Robert Scigliano

V Executive Privilege: Presidential Power to Withhold Information from Congress

Gary J. Schmitt

VI The Congressional Veto and the Constitutional Separation of Powers

Murray Dry

VII Presidential Selection

James Ceaser

VIII On Presidential Character

Jeffrey Tulis

IX The Ambivalence of Executive Power

Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr.

Appendix A: Constitutional Provisions Relating to the Presidency

Appendix B: Two Texts on How to Study the Presidency in the Constitutional Order, by Herbert J. Storing

Contributors

Index

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