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The President Who Would Not Be King: Executive Power under the Constitution

Michael W. McConnell


One of the most vexing questions for the framers of the Constitution was how to create a vigorous and independent executive without making him king. In today's divided public square, presidential power has never been more contested. This book cuts through the partisan rancor to reveal what the Constitution really tells us about the powers of the president. The book provides a comprehensive account of the drafting of presidential powers. Because the framers met behind closed doors and left no records of their deliberations, close attention must be given to their successive drafts. The book show ... More

Keywords: presidential power, US Constitution, independent executive, US presidency, tyranny, separation of powers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691207520
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691207520.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael W. McConnell, author
Stanford Law School