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Untrodden GroundHow Presidents Interpret the Constitution$
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Harold H. Bruff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226211107

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226211244.001.0001

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(p.456) Conclusion
Untrodden Ground

Harold H. Bruff

University of Chicago Press

This book portrays a powerful but constrained presidency. American presidents have defined the content of many of their own constitutional powers, within limits set by Congress, the people, and sometimes the courts. Presidents have set precedents that affect the behavior of their successors, and have altered existing precedents by their actions. Presidents have treated the executive branch as partly unitary, at least at its core. They have determined what secrets the government keeps, within limits set by Congress. Presidents have become participants in legislation due to the power of their veto. In foreign policy and war, they exercise broad powers of initiative, subject to later congressional control. They have protected national security at substantial cost to civil liberties. They have defined their own duty of faithful execution. Overall, the presidency as it has evolved adequately protects the nation and the rule of law.

Keywords:   President, constitutional power, precedents, executive branch, presidential veto, foreign policy, national security, civil liberties, faithful execution

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