December 30, 2009

Presidential Powers

Originally established in Article II of the Constitution, presidential powers today are determined by judicial decisions as well as by historical precedents. Kent explores how the president expresses and uses power, as well as how this power is kept balanced by the legislative and judicial branches. He explores three overlapping needs for presidential power that are expressed in the Constitution--providing leadership on foreign policy, maintaining congressional control over policymaking, and ensuring that the president is accountable to the public. He considers presidential ability to appoint federal officials, make treaties, conduct war, pardon criminals, and the interaction of the president with congressional and judicial requests for information. Kent's subject material is wide-sweeping, drawing on historical as well as contemporary examples to illustrate his points.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Presidential Powers
Harold J. Krent
JK 516 .K73 2005