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The Power To Resist: A Study Of Dissidence Movements In Eastern Europe, Melanie Reiff Jan 2011

The Power To Resist: A Study Of Dissidence Movements In Eastern Europe, Melanie Reiff

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Can resistance to a totalitarian regime be possible? When a regime is so tightly controlled by a single leader or a group of people, opposition may seem impossible. Through the theories of Hannah Arendt and Vaclav Havel and the activism of Adam Michnik, I explore the question of the possibility of resistance. Given their different perceptions of totalitarianism, Arendt and Havel see extremely different possibilities of resistance. For Arendt, with a regime controlled by a single leader who has complete power over all aspects of life, opposition is extremely unlikely. However, Havel and Michnik see that resistance is possible because ...


Back To Basics: A New Approach To The Unitary Executive Theory, Amanda Nicol Jan 2011

Back To Basics: A New Approach To The Unitary Executive Theory, Amanda Nicol

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Post-9/11 American politics has seen an unprecedented rise in presidential power and what has come to be known as the ‘imperial presidency’. The Bush Administration met with sharp criticism for its unusually strong interpretation of the unitary executive theory, which states that control of the executive branch should be vested solely in the president; certain administration officials argued that the unorthodox nature of the war on terror required that the president be granted absolute power under the unitary executive theory, devoid of usual legislative and judicial checks. Scholars are sharply divided over whether there is a constitutional basis for ...