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Imperial from the BeginningThe Constitution of the Original Executive$
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Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194562

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194562.001.0001

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Constituting “His Highness” the President

Constituting “His Highness” the President

(p.36) Chapter Three Constituting “His Highness” the President
Imperial from the Beginning

Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash

Yale University Press

This chapter outlines the scope and limits of executive power under Article II Section 1 of U.S. Constitution. The article grants the president a measure of independence from the Congress by generally leaving his selection to an electoral college, and ensuring a fixed salary to prevent legislators, who have the discretion of increasing the salary of government officers, from buying the complaisance of the chief executive. It also establishes the implementation of executive unity, stating that a single executive would be more accountable, powerful, and decisive. Section 1 creates the conditions necessary for a robust, active branch under the president's control.

Keywords:   executive power, Article II, U.S. Constitution, executive unity, U.S. Congress

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