Power and Constraint : The Accountable Presidency After 9/11

Power and Constraint : The Accountable Presidency After 9/11

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Conventional wisdom holds that 9/11 sounded the death knell for presidential accountability. In fact, the opposite is true. The novel powers that our post-9/11 commanders in chief assumed-endless detentions, military commissions, state secrets, broad surveillance, and more-are the culmination of a two-century expansion of presidential authority. But these new powers have been met with thousands of barely visible legal and political constraints-enforced by congressional committees, government lawyers, courts, and the media-that have transformed our unprecedentedly powerful presidency into one that is also unprecedentedly accountable.

These constraints are the key to understanding why Obama continued the Bush counterterrorism program, and in this light, the events of the last decade should be seen as a victory, not a failure, of American constitutional government. We have actually preserved the framers' original idea of a balanced constitution, despite the vast increase in presidential power made necessary by this age of permanent emergency.


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Details

Author(s)
Jack Goldsmith
Format
Hardback | 336 pages
Dimensions
168 x 244 x 30mm | 620g
Publication date
27 Apr 2012
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
New
ISBN10
0393081338
ISBN13
9780393081336
Bestsellers rank
1,244,539