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2011

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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

Summer Research

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 ...