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Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power

Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power - 10 edition

Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power - 10 edition

ISBN13: 9780521127387

ISBN10: 0521127386

Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power by Jeremy D. Bailey - ISBN 9780521127387
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 10
Copyright: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2010
International: No
Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power by Jeremy D. Bailey - ISBN 9780521127387

ISBN13: 9780521127387

ISBN10: 0521127386

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 10

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Summary

By revisiting Thomas Jefferson's understanding of executive power this book offers a new understanding of the origins of presidential power. Before Jefferson was elected president, he arrived at a way to resolve the tension between constitutionalism and executive power. Because his solution would preserve a strict interpretation of the Constitution as well as transform the precedents left by his Federalist predecessors, it provided an alternative to Alexander Hamilton's understanding of executive power. In fact, a more thorough account of Jefferson's political career suggests that Jefferson envisioned an executive that was powerful, or 'energetic', because it would be more explicitly attached to the majority will. Jefferson's Revolution of 1800, often portrayed as a reversal of the strong presidency, was itself premised on energy in the executive and was part of Jefferson's project to enable the Constitution to survive and even flourish in a world governed by necessity.

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