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Executing the Constitution
Putting the President Back into the Constitution
Executing the Constitution
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Christopher S. Kelley - Editor
SUNY series in American Constitutionalism
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 266 pages
Release Date: July 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6727-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6727-5

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Paperback - 266 pages
Release Date: June 2007
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6728-2

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Draws attention to how American presidents have creatively interpreted the Constitution to expand the power of the executive branch.

Over the last thirty years, a great deal of attention has been paid to executive branch interpretation of the Constitution. Executing the Constitution focuses on the creative interpretation of constitutional powers to either expand executive branch policymaking or to shield its prerogatives. In analyzing and explaining the bold unilateral decisions presidents have made during and since the Vietnam War, this book draws attention to some dramatic changes in the executive branch that explain the development and use of such concepts as presidential signing statements, administrative clearance, unilateral foreign policy declarations, and executive privilege.

“The short articles … are accessible and up-to-date, and will be useful to students needing background on recent constitutional controversies.” — CHOICE

“This book hits the nail on the head in insisting that a public law approach to the study of the presidency is central. It is a fine book on an important and challenging aspect of the presidency.” — Michael A. Genovese, author of Encyclopedia of the American Presidency

“This work makes a needed and valuable contribution to the scholarship on several important and timely changes occurring in the presidential relationship to and use of the Constitution. All presidential scholars will want to add this to their libraries.” — Robert P. Watson, editor of Life in the White House: A Social History of the First Family and the President’s House

Contributors include Ryan J. Barilleaux, Michael Cairo, Graham G. Dodds, Maureen P. Haney, Patrick J. Haney, Christopher S. Kelley, Kevin J. McMahon, Richard M. Pious, Mark J. Rozell, Robert J. Spitzer, George Thomas, Walt Vanderbush, and Kevan M. Yenerall.

Christopher S. Kelley is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Miami University.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction 
Christopher S. Kelley

 1. Public Law and the “Executive” Constitution
Richard M. Pious

 2. Venture Constitutionalism and the Enlargement of the Presidency
Ryan J. Barilleaux

 3. Executive Orders from Nixon to Now
Graham G. Dodds

 4. The Significance of the Presidential Signing Statement
Christopher S. Kelley

 5. Executive Privilege in an Era of Polarized Politics
Mark J. Rozell

 6. “The ‘Protective Return’ Pocket Veto: Presidential Aggrandizement of Constitutional Power”
Robert J. Spitzer

 7. Executing the Rhetorical Presidency: William Jefferson Clinton, George W. Bush, and the Contemporary Face of Presidential Power 
Kevan M. Yenerall

 8. Unsettling the New Deal: Reagan’s Constitutional Reconstruction and the Rehnquist Court’s Federalism 
George Thomas

 9. Democratic Politics and Constitutional Creation: The Paradoxes of Presidential Policy toward the Judiciary
Kevin J. McMahon

10. The “Imperial Presidency” Triumphant: War Powers in the Clinton and Bush Administrations
Michael Cairo

11. Clinton’s Other Infidelity: Signing, Ignoring, and Disobeying Helms-Burton 
Patrick J. Haney, Maureen P. Haney, and Walt Vanderbush

Conclusion
Christopher S. Kelley

About the Authors
Index



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