The Unitary Executive: Presidential Power from Washington to Bush

The Unitary Executive: Presidential Power from Washington to Bush

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by Steven G. Calabresi, Christopher S. Yoo
     
 

This book is the first to undertake a detailed historical and legal examination of presidential power and the theory of the unitary executive. This theory—that the Constitution gives the president the power to remove and control all policy-making subordinates in the executive branch—has been the subject of heated debate since the Reagan years. To

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This book is the first to undertake a detailed historical and legal examination of presidential power and the theory of the unitary executive. This theory—that the Constitution gives the president the power to remove and control all policy-making subordinates in the executive branch—has been the subject of heated debate since the Reagan years. To determine whether the Constitution creates a strongly unitary executive, Steven G. Calabresi and Christopher S. Yoo look at the actual practice of all forty-three presidential administrations, from George Washington to George W. Bush. They argue that all presidents have been committed proponents of the theory of the unitary executive, and they explore the meaning and implications of this finding.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300121261
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
558
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
An Introduction to the Debate over the Unitary Executive
The Oldest Debate in Constitutional Law and Why It Still Matters Today     3
The Modern Debate     10
Why Presidential Views of the Scope of Presidential Power Matter     22
The Preratification Origins of the Unitary Executive Debate and the Decision of 1789     30
The Unitary Executive During the Early Years of the Republic, 1787-1837
George Washington     39
John Adams     58
Thomas Jefferson     64
James Madison     77
James Monroe     83
John Quincy Adams     91
Andrew Jackson     95
Jackson's Battle with the Bank and the Removal of Treasury Secretary Duane     105
The Unitary Executive During the Jacksonian Period, 1837-1861
Martin Van Buren     124
William Henry Harrison     130
John Tyler     133
James K. Polk     139
Zachary Taylor     144
Millard Fillmore     148
Franklin Pierce     152
James Buchanan     157
The Unitary Executive During the Civil War, 1861-1869
Abraham Lincoln     165
Andrew Johnson     174
The Tenure of Office Act and the Impeachment ofAndrew Johnson     179
The Unitary Executive During the Gilded Age, 1869-1889
Ulysses S. Grant     190
Rutherford B. Hayes     196
James A. Garfield     203
Chester A. Arthur     206
Grover Cleveland's First Term     209
The Unitary Executive During the Rise of the Administrative State, 1889-1945
Benjamin Harrison     219
Grover Cleveland's Second Term     226
William McKinley     232
Theodore Roosevelt     238
William H. Taft     246
Woodrow Wilson     253
Warren G. Harding     261
Calvin Coolidge     265
Herbert Hoover     273
Franklin Delano Roosevelt     278
The Brownlow Committee and the Reorganization Act of 1939     291
The Unitary Executive During the Modern Era, 1945-2007
Harry S Truman     305
Dwight D. Eisenhower     318
John F. Kennedy     331
Lyndon B. Johnson     337
Richard M. Nixon     346
Gerald R. Ford     356
Jimmy Carter     362
Ronald Reagan     374
George H. W. Bush     384
Bill Clinton     391
The Clinton Impeachment and the Fall of the Ethics in Government Act     400
George W. Bush     405
Conclusion     417
Notes     433
Bibliographic Note     511
Index     517

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