Presidential Power: Unchecked and Unbalanced

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - History - 432 pages
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A new history and evaluation of the "imperial presidency." Recent presidents have exploited the power of the American presidency more fully than their predecessors--and with greater consequence than the framers of the Constitution anticipated. This book,in the tradition of Arthur Schlesinger's 1973 Imperial Presidency, explores how American presidents--especially those of the past three decades--have increased the power of the presidency at the expense of democracy. Crenson and Ginsberg provide a history of this trend, showing that the expansion of presidential power dates back over one hundred years. They also look beyond the president's actions in the realm of foreign policy to consider other, more hidden, means that presidents have used to institutionalize the power of the executive branch.--From publisher description.

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The increasing authority of the president and the consequent imbalance of power threaten democracy, say Crenson and Ginsberg (both Political Science/Johns Hopkins Univ.). Their book, which includes ... Read full review


From Republican Government to Presidentialism 75
Choosing Presidents
War and Peace and Parties
From Normalcy to Primacy
Making the President Imperial
Presidential War Powers
Its Rise and Fall
How the Courts Reinforce Presidential Power
Upsizing the Presidency and Downsizing Democracy

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Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author or coauthor of 25 books, including Presidential Power: Unchecked and Unbalanced; Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public; Politics by Other Means; The Consequences of Consent; The Worth of War; and The Captive Public. Ginsberg received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1973. Before joining the Hopkins faculty in 1992, Ginsberg was Professor of Government at Cornell. His most recent books are The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters; What the Government Thinks of the People; and Analytics, Policy and Governance.

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