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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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Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

(p.362) 39 Jimmy Carter
The Unitary Executive

Steven G. Calabresi

Christopher S. Yoo

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the administration of Jimmy Carter, which is considered to represent the nadir of presidential power in the post-World War II era. Unable to articulate a clear vision for the country and beset by the oil and Iranian hostage crises, Carter proved ill suited to assume the strong leadership role taken by many of his predecessors. His political weaknesses, however, did not translate into a willingness to allow control over the execution of the law to be transferred from the White House to Capitol Hill. On the contrary, in spite of its other problems, the Carter administration appears for the most part to have solidly defended the unitariness of the executive branch. From the outset, Carter wanted to run his own White House and thus began his administration with no strong White House chief of staff.

Keywords:   post-World War II, Jimmy Carter, strong leadership role, political weaknesses, White House, Capitol Hill, chief of staff

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