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Untrodden Ground: How Presidents Interpret the Constitution

Harold H. Bruff


The most important individual interpreter of the United States Constitution is the President. Presidents both direct and are directed by the stream of American history. In this book, Harold Bruff shows how Presidents have formed constitutional law by behavior that sets or alters precedents. Although Presidents ordinarily obey both court judgments and explicit statutory commands, presidential interpretations of the Constitution are ultimately independent of the views of the other two branches of government. When accepted by Congress and the people, presidential precedents become conventions tha ... More

Keywords: President, United States Constitution, branches of government, presidential precedents, constitutional conventions, presidential emergency powers, foreign policy, commander in chief, executive branch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226211107
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226211244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold H. Bruff, author
University of Colorado Law School