No Blank Check: The Origins and Consequences of Public Antipathy towards Presidential Power

No Blank Check: The Origins and Consequences of Public Antipathy towards Presidential Power

No Blank Check: The Origins and Consequences of Public Antipathy towards Presidential Power

No Blank Check: The Origins and Consequences of Public Antipathy towards Presidential Power

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Overview

Concerns about unaccountable executive power have featured recurrently in political debates from the American founding to today. For many, presidents' use of unilateral power threatens American democracy. No Blank Check advances a new perspective: Instead of finding Americans apathetic towards how presidents exercise power, it shows the public is deeply concerned with core democratic values. Drawing on data from original surveys, innovative experiments, historical polls, and contexts outside the United States, the book highlights Americans' skepticism towards presidential power. This skepticism results in a public that punishes unilaterally minded presidents and the policies they pursue. By departing from existing theories of presidential power which acknowledge only institutional constraints, this timely and revealing book demonstrates the public's capacity to tame the unilateral impulses of even the most ambitious presidents. Ultimately, when it comes to exercising power, the public does not hand the president a blank check.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781316626474
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/22/2022
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Andrew Reeves is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis. He is co-author (with Douglas Kriner) of The Particularistic President: Executive Branch Politics and Political Inequality, which received the 2016 Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best book published in the field of the American presidency.

Jon Rogowski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He is co-author (with William Howell and Saul Jackman) of The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat, which won the 2014 William H. Riker prize for the best book published in political economy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Watchmen in the Night?; 3. How Americans View Presidential Power; 4. Support for the Rule of Law and Attitudes toward Power; 5. Presidential Approval and Attitudes toward Power; 6. Public Cost of Unilateral Action; 7. Public Assessments of Presidential Power from the Past; 8. Attitudes toward Executive Power in a Comparative Context; 9. Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
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