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Political Thought and the Origins of the American Presidency

Ben Lowe


This volume examines the political ideas behind the construction of the presidency in the U.S. Constitution, as well as how these ideas were implemented by the nation’s early presidents. The framers of the Constitution disagreed about the scope of the new executive role they were creating, and this volume reveals the ways the duties and power of the office developed contrary to many expectations. Here, leading scholars of the early republic examine principles from European thought and culture that were key to establishing the conceptual language and institutional parameters for the American ex ... More

Keywords: American presidency, U.S. Constitution, Constitutional Convention, executive power

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780813066813
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Lowe, editor
Florida Atlantic University

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Part I The European Origins of the American Presidency

2 Checks and Balances

Blair Worden

Part II The Politics of Constitution Making: The Executive and the Federal Union

7 Defending an Energetic Executive

Claire Rydell Arcenas

Part III Implementing an Ideal: Political Theory and Practice among the Early Presidents

10 Mirror for Presidents

Daniel J. Hulsebosch

11 Liberty and Power

Rosemarie Zagarri

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