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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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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Imperial from the Beginning
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Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300194562.003.0015

This chapter presents the main argument of the book that the modern presidency is both “imperial” and imperiled in following the U.S. Constitution. Contemporary presidents are in a sense “imperial” or above the constitution as they claim and exercise powers that properly belong to other government branches. Otherwise, chief executives are considered imperiled by the constitution when they act less authoritative in executing laws and controlling the executive branch. Those who agree with “imperial” acts of the president pay little attention to the many explicit and implicit constraints on presidential power; on the other hand, those who accept that the president must be imperiled have a simplistic belief that the Constitution was ratified against the emergence of monarchy.

Keywords:   presidents, U.S. Constitution, chief executives, imperial presidency, imperiled presidency

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