Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 9, 2007 - Political Science
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By revisiting Thomas Jefferson's understanding of executive power this book offers a new understanding of the origins of presidential power. Before Jefferson was elected president, he arrived at a way to resolve the tension between constitutionalism and executive power. Because his solution would preserve a strict interpretation of the Constitution as well as transform the precedents left by his Federalist predecessors, it provided an alternative to Alexander Hamilton's understanding of executive power. In fact, a more thorough account of Jefferson's political career suggests that Jefferson envisioned an executive that was powerful, or 'energetic', because it would be more explicitly attached to the majority will. Jefferson's Revolution of 1800, often portrayed as a reversal of the strong presidency, was itself premised on energy in the executive and was part of Jefferson's project to enable the Constitution to survive and even flourish in a world governed by necessity.
  

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Contents

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Because the president mustbe able to execute that willit must
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Declarations of Principle
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The Understanding Developed
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Impressments
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The 1783 Constitution
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Louisiana
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The Diplomatic Mission
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Power to Incorporate
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For Appropriation
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For Incorporation
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Without the president possessing the power of removal the executive
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was made compatible with and even supportive of executive power
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Throughout his political career Jefferson heard drafted wrote and read
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Declaring Independence
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address Taken together a declaration of rights and a limit
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opened the possibility that majority rule is flawed in that
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Washington and Adams
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ought to shape its administration31 As he had written to
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just as Americans in 1776 needed someone to
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The Aaron Burr Amendment?
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was a general meeting of the friends of the discriminating
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where equally with the others it acts in the last
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Proclamations
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encouraged a certain kind of citizen to act with the
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Open Letters and Replies to Addresses
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perhaps to the transcendent objects and national hopes Jefferson
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system he helped create caused him to keep silent what
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Arousing popular sentiment condenses it and makes it ascertainable which
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In a strange twist it is possible that Lincoln was
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About the author (2007)

Jeremy D. Bailey is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. He was the co-winner of the 2004 APSA E. E. Schattschneider Award for best dissertation in American politics written in 2002 or 2003 and has received fellowships from the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

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