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The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic

Author:   Eric A. Posner (Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School) ,  Adrian Vermeule (John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School)
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9780199765331


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   16 June 2011
Format:   Hardback
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The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic


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Ever since Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. used imperial presidency as a book title, the term has become central to the debate about the balance of power in the U.S. government. Since the presidency of George W. Bush, when advocates of executive power such as Dick Cheney gained ascendancy, the argument has blazed hotter than ever. Many argue the Constitution itself is in grave danger. What is to be done? The answer, according to legal scholars Eric Posner and Adrian Vermeule, is nothing. In The Executive Unbound, they provide a bracing challenge to conventional wisdom, arguing that a strong presidency is inevitable in the modern world. Most scholars, they note, object to today's level of executive power because it varies so dramatically from the vision of the framers. But there is nothing in our system of checks and balances that intrinsically generates order or promotes positive arrangements. In fact, the greater complexity of the modern world produces a concentration of power, particularly in the White House. The authors chart the rise of executive authority straight through to the Obama presidency. Political, cultural and social restraints, they argue, have been more effective in preventing dictatorship than any law. The executive-centered state tends to generate political checks that substitute for the legal checks of the Madisonian constitution.

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Author:   Eric A. Posner (Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School) ,  Adrian Vermeule (John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 16.30cm , Height: 2.20cm , Length: 23.70cm
Weight:   0.478kg
ISBN:  

9780199765331


ISBN 10:   0199765332
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   16 June 2011
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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This is a book that will, for many readers, both illuminate and infuriate. It is the most full-throated embrace in recent years of the very important (and always controversial) jurisprudential theories associated with Carl Schmitt, particularly with regard to the accretion of power in the Executive Branch. If their views become widely accepted, American law--or at least the American legal academy--will never be the same again. --Sanford Levinson, Centennial Chair in Law and Professor of Government, University of Texas-Austin, and author of Our Undemocratic Constitution Opponents of presidential power may be discomfited by Posner and Vermeule's argument that the imperial presidency is unavoidable in the modern world. Proponents of presidential power may be equally discomfited by the authors' argument that presidential power is constrained in practice by politics. Both sides will find it difficult to identify the cracks in a provocative argument with which everyone interested in the twenty-first century Constitution must contend. --Mark Tushnet, Professor of Law, Harvart Law School, and author of Why the Constitution Matters Posner and Vermeule argue that in the most important public law fields of the day-- administrative law, the war on terrorism, and the financial crisis--the President of the United States is weakly constrained, if constrained at all, by law, and that any limits on presidential power come not from Congress and courts, but instead from politics and public opinion. This exciting, contrarian, and learned book challenges the core of liberal legalism. --Jack Goldsmith, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, and author of The Terror Presidency In a relentlessly challenging attack on Madisonian pieties, Posner and Vermeule use contemporary examples to argue with verve and style that only politics can realistically check the inevitable dominance of the modern executive. Particularly provocative is the invocation of the authority not


A refreshingly straightforward case that the modern presidency is unconstrained by law--and that you should like it that way. Even those who...disagree vehemently with the latter proposition will find Posner and Vermuele's arguments provocative and challenging. --American Conservative Powerfully argued, this book is an important part of the debate over presidential power in the present world. --Choice Provocative. --American Prospect.org A thought-provoking book. -- Library Journal This is a book that will, for many readers, both illuminate and infuriate. It is the most full-throated embrace in recent years of the very important (and always controversial) jurisprudential theories associated with Carl Schmitt, particularly with regard to the accretion of power in the Executive Branch. If their views become widely accepted, American law--or at least the American legal academy--will never be the same again. --Sanford Levinson, author of Our Undemocratic Constitution This exciting, contrarian, and learned book challenges the core of liberal legalism. --Jack Goldsmith, author of The Terror Presidency In a relentlessly challenging attack on Madisonian pieties, Posner and Vermeule use contemporary examples to argue with verve and style that only politics can realistically check the inevitable dominance of the modern executive. --Charles Fried, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School Opponents of presidential power may be discomfited by Posner and Vermeule's argument that the imperial presidency is unavoidable in the modern world. Proponents of presidential power may be equally discomfited by the authors' argument that presidential power is constrained in practice by politics. Both sides will find it difficult to identify the cracks in a provocative argument with which everyone interested in the twenty-first century Constitution must contend. --Mark Tushnet, Professor of Law, Harvart Law School, and author of Why the Constitution Matters The title of Posner and Vermeule's book is as provocative as its argument, since the executive is, on their view, bound--but by politics, not law. If they are right, then standard courses in law school should be re-titled 'Constitutional Politics' and 'Administrative Politics', not to mention 'International Politics', and perhaps even moved out of the law schools and into political science departments. For that reason alone, there will be strong resistance to their book's central thesis, which is the mark of a highly successful work. --David Dyzenhaus, Professor of Law and Philosophy, University of Toronto, and author of Hard Cases in Wicked Legal Systems


<br> This is a book that will, for many readers, both illuminate and infuriate. It is the most full-throated embrace in recent years of the very important (and always controversial) jurisprudential theories associated with Carl Schmitt, particularly with regard to the accretion of power in the Executive Branch. If their views become widely accepted, American law--or at least the American legal academy--will never be the same again. --Sanford Levinson, Centennial Chair in Law and Professor of Government, University of Texas-Austin, and author of Our Undemocratic Constitution<p><br> Opponents of presidential power may be discomfited by Posner and Vermeule's argument that the imperial presidency is unavoidable in the modern world. Proponents of presidential power may be equally discomfited by the authors' argument that presidential power is constrained in practice by politics. Both sides will find it difficult to identify the cracks in a provocative argument with which everyone interested


A refreshingly straightforward case that the modern presidency is unconstrained by law--and that you should like it that way. Even those who...disagree vehemently with the latter proposition will find Posner and Vermuele's arguments provocative and challenging. --American Conservative Powerfully argued, this book is an important part of the debate over presidential power in the present world. --Choice Provocative. --American Prospect.org A thought-provoking book. -- Library Journal This is a book that will, for many readers, both illuminate and infuriate. It is the most full-throated embrace in recent years of the very important (and always controversial) jurisprudential theories associated with Carl Schmitt, particularly with regard to the accretion of power in the Executive Branch. If their views become widely accepted, American law--or at least the American legal academy--will never be the same again. --Sanford Levinson, author of Our Undemocratic Constitution This exciting, contrarian, and learned book challenges the core of liberal legalism. --Jack Goldsmith, author of The Terror Presidency In a relentlessly challenging attack on Madisonian pieties, Posner and Vermeule use contemporary examples to argue with verve and style that only politics can realistically check the inevitable dominance of the modern executive. --Charles Fried, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School Opponents of presidential power may be discomfited by Posner and Vermeule's argument that the imperial presidency is unavoidable in the modern world. Proponents of presidential power may be equally discomfited by the authors' argument that presidential power is constrained in practice by politics. Both sides will find it difficult to identify the cracks in a provocative argument with which everyone interested in the twenty-first century Constitution must contend. --Mark Tushnet, Professor of Law, Harvart Law Sc


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Eric A. Posner is Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, and is the author of The Perils of Global Legalism, Terror in the Balance (written with Vermeule), and Climate Change Justice, among other books. Adrian Vermeule is John H. Watson Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and is the author of Law and the Limits of Reason, Mechanisms of Democracy, and Judging Under Uncertainty, and is the co-author with Posner of Terror in the Balance.

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