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Power without Persuasion : The Politics of Direct Presidential Action - William G. Howell

Power without Persuasion

The Politics of Direct Presidential Action

Paperback Published: 28th July 2003
ISBN: 9780691102702
Number Of Pages: 239

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Since the early 1960s, scholarly thinking on the power of U.S. presidents has rested on these words: "Presidential power is the power to persuade." Power, in this formulation, is strictly about bargaining and convincing other political actors to do things the president cannot accomplish alone. "Power without Persuasion" argues otherwise. Focusing on presidents' ability to act unilaterally, William Howell provides the most theoretically substantial and far-reaching reevaluation of presidential power in many years. He argues that presidents regularly set public policies over vocal objections by Congress, interest groups, and the bureaucracy.

Throughout U.S. history, going back to the Louisiana Purchase and the Emancipation Proclamation, presidents have set landmark policies on their own. More recently, Roosevelt interned Japanese Americans during World War II, Kennedy established the Peace Corps, Johnson got affirmative action underway, Reagan greatly expanded the president's powers of regulatory review, and Clinton extended protections to millions of acres of public lands. Since September 11, Bush has created a new cabinet post and constructed a parallel judicial system to try suspected terrorists.

Howell not only presents numerous new empirical findings but goes well beyond the theoretical scope of previous studies. Drawing richly on game theory and the new institutionalism, he examines the political conditions under which presidents can change policy without congressional or judicial consent. Clearly written, "Power without Persuasion" asserts a compelling new formulation of presidential power, one whose implications will resound.

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2004 "This must read shows the civics text version of the US system turned upside down."--Choice

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Presidential Power in the Modern Erap. 1
A Formal Representation of Unilateral Actionp. 24
Bridge Buildingp. 55
Theory Testingp. 76
Congressional Constraints on Presidential Powerp. 101
The Institutional Foundations of Judicial Deferencep. 136
Conclusionp. 175
Coding of Executive Ordersp. 189
Proofs of Propositions in the Unilateral Politics Modelp. 192
Identifying Congressional Challenges to Executive Ordersp. 196
Federal Court Challenges to Executive Ordersp. 198
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780691102702
ISBN-10: 0691102708
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 28th July 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38