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The New Imperial Presidency

Renewing Presidential Power After Watergate. Contemporary Political and Social Issues

By (author) Andrew C. Rudalevige
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, United States
Published: 1st Oct 2005
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 34mm
Weight: 703g
ISBN-10: 0472114301
ISBN-13: 9780472114306
Barcode No: 9780472114306
Has the imperial presidency returned? The New Imperial Presidency suggests that the Congressional framework meant to guide and constrain presidential behavior has slowly eroded over the decades since Watergate. Author Andrew Rudalevige describes the evolution of executive power in our separated system of governance. Rudalevige discusses the abuse of power that prompted what he calls the "resurgence regime" against the imperial presidency, and inquires as to how and why, over the three decades that followed Watergate, presidents regained their standing. The New Imperial Presidency shows that presidents have always tried to interpret Constitutional powers broadly. Ambitious executives can choose from an array of actions that push against congressional power and, finding insufficient resistance, expand the scope of presidential power. Rudalevige concludes that the freedoms secured by the checks and balances of government are not automatic, but depend on the exertions of public servants and the citizens they serve. His story confirms the importance of the "living Constitution," a tradition of historical experiences overlaying the text of the Constitution itself.

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"Well written and, while indispensable for college courses, should appeal beyond academic audiences to anyone interested in how well we govern ourselves.... I cannot help regarding it as a grand sequel for my own The Imperial Presidency." - Arthur Schlesinger, Jr."