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The Resource Supreme Court expansion of presidential power : unconstitutional leanings, Louis Fisher

Supreme Court expansion of presidential power : unconstitutional leanings, Louis Fisher

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Supreme Court expansion of presidential power : unconstitutional leanings
Title
Supreme Court expansion of presidential power
Title remainder
unconstitutional leanings
Statement of responsibility
Louis Fisher
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In the fourth of the Federalist Papers, published in 1787, John Jay warned of absolute monarchs who "will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by it." More than two centuries later, are single executives making unilateral decisions any more trustworthy? And have the checks on executive power, so critical in the Founders' drafting of the Constitution, held? These are the questions Louis Fisher pursues in this book. By examining the executive actions of American presidents, particularly after World War II, Fisher reveals how the Supreme Court, through errors and abdications, has expanded presidential power in external affairs beyond constitutional boundaries&#8212and damaged the nation's system of checks and balances. Supreme Court Expansion of Presidential Power reviews the judicial record from 1789 to the present day to show how the balance of power has shifted over time. For nearly a century and a half, the Supreme Court did not indicate a preference for which of the two elected branches should dominate in the field of external affairs. But from the mid-thirties a pattern clearly emerges, with the Court regularly supporting independent presidential power in times of "emergency," or issues linked to national security. The damage this has done to democracy and constitutional government is profound, Fisher argues. His evidence extends beyond external affairs to issues of domestic policy, such as impoundment of funds, legislative vetoes, item-veto authority, presidential immunity in the Paula Jones case, recess appointments, and the Obama administration's immigration initiatives. Fisher identifies contemporary biases that have led to an increase in presidential power--including Supreme Court misconceptions and errors, academic failings, and mistaken beliefs about "inherent powers" and "unity of office." Calling to account the forces tasked with protecting our democracy from the undue exercise of power by any single executive, his deeply informed book sounds a compelling alarm. "--
  • "Fisher traces the development of the constitutional law of presidential power through federal judicial decisions. He argues that the federal courts since the 1930s have greatly expanded presidential power beyond any fair reading of the original intent of the Framers and the text of the Constitution. Fisher's conclusion is twofold : not only should the courts be held accountable for misleading approaches, biased doctrines, and abdication of function, but so should constitutional law scholars, who have not mined the historical record nor questioned presumptions about executive competence. The result is that both judges and the scholars who comment on their work have legitimized executive power to an extent that has done serious damage not only to the constitutional system, but also to the viability and legitimacy of public policy"--
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Fisher, Louis
Index
index present
LC call number
KF5053
LC item number
.F59 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Executive power
  • Presidents
  • Constitutional law
  • Political questions and judicial power
  • United States
  • Constitutional law
  • Executive power
  • Political questions and judicial power
  • Politics and government
  • Presidents
  • United States
Label
Supreme Court expansion of presidential power : unconstitutional leanings, Louis Fisher
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Eisenhower to Johnson
  • Nixon-Ford administrations
  • Legislative vetoes
  • The Reagan-Bush I years
  • Bill Clinton's presidency
  • George W. Bush
  • The Obama Administration
  • Conclusions
  • Preface
  • Contemporary biases
  • Shaping constitutional principles, 1776-1870
  • Precedents from 1870 to 1935
  • From 1936 to World War II
  • World War II cases
  • After World War II and Korea
  • State secrets privilege
Control code
984743151
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 331 pages
Isbn
9780700624676
Lccn
2017020134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)984743151
Label
Supreme Court expansion of presidential power : unconstitutional leanings, Louis Fisher
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Eisenhower to Johnson
  • Nixon-Ford administrations
  • Legislative vetoes
  • The Reagan-Bush I years
  • Bill Clinton's presidency
  • George W. Bush
  • The Obama Administration
  • Conclusions
  • Preface
  • Contemporary biases
  • Shaping constitutional principles, 1776-1870
  • Precedents from 1870 to 1935
  • From 1936 to World War II
  • World War II cases
  • After World War II and Korea
  • State secrets privilege
Control code
984743151
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 331 pages
Isbn
9780700624676
Lccn
2017020134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)984743151

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