Madison's Nightmare: How Executive Power Threatens American Democracy by Peter M. Shane
A thirty-year bipartisan trend in the American presidency is the expansion of executive power. Peter Shane shows how presidents exert ever more control over nearly every arena of policy, from military affairs and national security to domestic programs. This “aggressive presidency” subverts the founders’ vision of representative government.
“Shane writes here about the enormous expansion of presidential power and its violation of constitutional principles. … In modern history, the author argues, we have seen the rise of an aggressive presidency that too often ignores the will of Congress, which has led to bad decision making and illegal acts.”—Library Journal
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