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Call # JK516 .P49 2008
Author Pfiffner, James P
Title Power play : the Bush presidency and the Constitution / James P. Pfiffner
Imprint Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, c2008
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Descript. xiv, 299 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-288) and index
Summary/Abstract "Analyzes the Bush presidency's efforts to expand executive power, putting them into constitutional and historical perspective. Explores the evolution of Anglo-American thinking about executive power and individual rights. Documents how the current administration has undermined the separation of powers and shows how these practices have imperiled the rule of law"--Provided by publisher
Subject Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
United States. Constitution
Executive power -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Presidents -- United States -- History -- 21st century
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009
OCLC # 185691300
Table of Contents
1A Government of Laws or Men?1
2The Nature of Executive Power13
3Creating Individual Rights and an Independent Legislature33
4The American Constitution56
5The Power to Imprison: Habeas Corpus84
6The Power to Torture128
7The Power to Surveil168
8The Power to Ignore the Law: Signing Statements194
9Conclusion: Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law229