January 20, 2010

With the Stroke of a Pen

Most people believe that the President's primary power comes from the "power to persuade," and that both the Congress and the courts have considerably more power in reality than the executive. Mayer presents a contrasting view through his in-depth study of executive orders. Using examples from civil rights and foreign policy, he demonstrates how presidents have inherent legal power and how they pursue foreign policy without Congressional assent or interference. Mayer portrays the president as the single most powerful individual in American politics and shows Presidential Orders to be a richly political body of literature.

This book can be found in HECSA Library"

With the Stroke of a Pen: Executive Orders and Presidential Power
Kenneth R. Mayer
KF 5053 .M39 2002