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The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic

Eric A. Posner and Adrian Vermeule


Ever since Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. used “imperial presidency” as a book title, the term has become central to the debate about the balance of power in the U.S. government. Since the presidency of George W. Bush, when advocates of executive power gained ascendancy, the argument has blazed hotter than ever. Many argue that the Constitution itself is in grave danger. What is to be done? The answer, according to this book, is nothing. The book challenges conventional wisdom, arguing that a strong presidency is inevitable in the modern world. It is noted that most scholars object to today's level ... More

Keywords: imperial presidency, executive power, George W. Bush, US Constitution, James Madison, separation of powers, checks and balances, White House, president, Richard Nixon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199765331
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199765331.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric A. Posner, author
Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL

Adrian Vermeule, author
John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA