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Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times

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$60.50 • £48.95 • €54.50

ISBN 9780674031616

Publication Date: 02/16/2009


248 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Introduction
  • 1. Presidential Power and Constitutionalism
    • Constitutionalism and Executive Power
    • Dynamic Variables in Emergency Constitutionalism
    • Emergencies and Constitutional Perspectives
  • 2. Presidents and Constitutionalism
    • President Lincoln: “Popular demand and public necessity”
    • President Wilson: “if there should be disloyalty, it will be dealt with with a firm hand of stern repression”
    • President Roosevelt: “every possible protection against espionage and against sabotage”
    • President Truman: “Within the aggregate of his constitutional powers”
  • 3. President Bush and Constitutionalism
    • Torture
    • Surveillance
    • Detention
  • Conclusion: A Call for Executive Constitutionalism
    • Presidential Power Claims and Constitutional Perspectives
    • Executive Constitutionalism
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2009 Chicago–Kent College of Law / Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize
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