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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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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

(p.278) 32 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Unitary Executive

Steven G. Calabresi

Christopher S. Yoo

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) addressed the crisis of the Great Depression, which was one of the first critical issues he faced as president. FDR augmented his formal legislative program with weekly press conferences and regular national radio addresses, which would later become known as fireside chats. Although he offered few definitive statements on the issue, his aggressive actions to combat the Depression left little doubt that his vision of presidential power was expansive. By mobilizing the country, FDR greatly augmented his power and placed the presidency at center stage in national politics. In the process, he pioneered a revolutionary new vision of administration that rejected the vision of the Progressive movement, which idealized expert administrators who were insulated from politics.

Keywords:   crisis, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Great Depression, formal legislative program, fireside chats, FDR, national politics, vision of administration, Progressive movement, expert administrators

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