Presidential Power by Matthew and Benjamin Ginsberg. Crenson
Unchecked & Unbalanced

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A new history and evaluation of the "imperial presidency."

Recent presidents have exploited the power of the American presidency more fully than their predecessors—and with greater consequence than the framers of the Constitution anticipated.

This book, in the tradition of Arthur Schlesinger's great work The Imperial Presidency (1973), explores how American presidents—especially those of the past three decades—have increased the power of the presidency at the expense of democracy. Matthew Crenson and Benjamin Ginsberg provide a fascinating history of this trend, showing that the expansion of presidential power dates back over one hundred years. Presidential Power also looks beyond the president's actions in the realm of foreign policy to consider other, more hidden, means that presidents have used to institutionalize the power of the executive branch.
 

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Matthew Crenson is professor of political science at the Johns Hopkins University. Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science, Director of the Washington Center for the Study of American Government, and Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the Hopkins faculty in 1992, Ginsberg was Professor of Government at Cornell. He is the author or coauthor of 20 books including Presidential Power: Unchecked and Unbalanced ; Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public ; Politics by Other Means ; The Consequences of Consent ; and The Captive Public . His most recent book is The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters .
 
Published April 17, 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company. 432 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The increasing authority of the president and the consequent imbalance of power threaten democracy, say Crenson and Ginsberg (both Political Science/Johns Hopkins Univ.).

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