This classic collection of studies, first published in 1980, contributes to the revival of interest in the powers and duties of the American presidency. Unlike many previous books on the constitution and the president, the contributors to this volume are political scientists, not law professors. Accordingly, they display political scientists' concern with structures as well as power, with conflict between the branches of government as well as their functional separation, and with political prescription as well as legal analysis. Underlying the entire volume is a persistent attention to the nature of executive power and its particular manifestation in the American system.
Part One introduces the foundations that underlie contemporary issues, including the famous James Madison-Alexander Hamilton debate over the powers of the presidency. Contemporary political and scholarly controversies, which are the subjects of Part Two, include the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution of 1973, the legislative veto, executive privilege and secrecy, the character of the presidency, presidential selection, and the nature of executive power.
The essays in The Presidency in the Constitutional Order represent some of the most cogent thought available about the highest elected office in America, and the themes of the volume continue to be timely and provocative.
Introduction to the Transaction Edition (2010)
I The Constitution, Politics, and the Presidency
Joseph M. Bessette and Jeffrey Tulis
II The Madisonian Presidency
Ruth Weissbourd Grant and Stephen Grant
III Hamilton's Administrative Republic and the American Presidency
Part Two—Contemporary Issues
IV The War Powers Resolution and the War Powers
V Executive Privilege: Presidential Power to Withhold Information from Congress
Gary J. Schmitt
VI The Congressional Veto and the Constitutional Separation of Powers
VII Presidential Selection
VIII On Presidential Character
IX The Ambivalence of Executive Power
Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr.
Appendix A: Constitutional Provisions Relating to the Presidency
Appendix B: Two Texts on How to Study the Presidency in the Constitutional Order, by Herbert J. Storing