Imperial from the beginning : the constitution of the original executive / Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 
x, 454 pages ; 25 cm
Formatted Contents Note
A king, under the title of president English whigs, cordial in their . . . jealousies of their executive magistrate Constituting his highness the president The executive power as the active principle in all governments The constitutional executor of the laws The transaction of business with foreign nations is executive altogether First general and admiral of the confederacy The executive power of appointing, overseeing, and controlling those who execute the laws Not a single privilege is annexed to his character The combined authority of execution and legislation Judges as shoots from the executive stock Whatever requisition the president shall make and the federal duties of state executives The president as glorious protector of the constitution.
Eminent scholar Saikrishna Prakash offers the first truly comprehensive study of the original American presidency. Drawing from a vast range of sources both well known and obscure, this volume reconstructs the powers and duties of the nation's chief executive at the Constitution's founding. Among other subjects, Prakash examines the term and structure of the office of the president, his power as constitutional executor of the law, his foreign policy authority, his role as commander in chief, the president's authority during emergencies, and his relations with the U.S. Congress, the courts, and the states. This ambitious and even-handed analysis counters numerous misconceptions about the presidency and fairly demonstrates that the office has long been regarded as monarchical. -- Amazon's website.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-435) and index.