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Madison's Nightmare: How Executive Power Threatens American Democracy

Peter M. Shane


The George W. Bush administration's ambitious claims of unilateral executive authority raised deep concerns among constitutional scholars, civil libertarians, and ordinary citizens alike. But Bush's attempts to assert his power are only the culmination of a near-thirty-year assault on the basic checks and balances of the U.S. government—a battle waged by presidents of both parties, and one that, as the author warns in this book, threatens to utterly subvert the founders' vision of representative government. Tracing this tendency back to the first Reagan administration, the author shows how thi ... More

Keywords: George W. Bush, U.S. Government, presidentialism, accountability, executive power, Reagan administration, policy making, national security, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226749396
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226749426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter M. Shane, author