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The Unitary ExecutivePresidential Power from Washington to Bush$
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Steven G. Calabresi and Christopher S. Yoo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300121261

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300121261.001.0001

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Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

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(p.95) 7 Andrew Jackson
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The Unitary Executive
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Steven G. Calabresi

Christopher S. Yoo

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300121261.003.0011

This chapter focuses on one of the most powerful presidents in American history, who clearly transformed and enhanced many aspects of the high office he held. In Andrew Jackson's development of the president's role as the leader of a political party and in the force with which he pressed the president's claim to be a direct representative of the people, Jackson clearly broke new ground. He also distinguished himself in the vigor with which he used the veto power, especially in cases where he disapproved of bills on policy grounds rather than for constitutional reasons. Finally, Jackson used the president's removal power and powers over law execution more energetically than they had ever been used before, and endorsed a new principle of the desirability of rotation in office that was clearly contrary to the policy views held by his predecessors, who had favored stability in administration as a core value.

Keywords:   political party, Andrew Jackson, veto power, policy grounds, constitutional reasons, law execution, rotation in office, stability in administration

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