Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Executive power has expanded so steadily under both Republican and Democratic presidents that the epithet “imperial” is regularly applied to the presidency. President Obama’s aggressive use of unilateral powers led many conservatives to call for a more assertive Congress and Supreme Court to curtail this expansive employment of executive authority. But these same conservatives now face a new president, Donald Trump, who appears equally prepared to use the powers of the bully pulpit to achieve his policy goals.
Is the imperial presidency now a permanent fact of American life? How should today’s constitutionalist think about the presidency’s role in governance at home and in light of America’s role in the world? Join AEI for a timely discussion on the foundations and proper use of presidential power.
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Saikrishna Prakash, University of Virginia School of Law
Amity Shlaes, author; The King’s College
Jeffrey K. Tulis, University of Texas
John Yoo, AEI; University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Gary J. Schmitt, AEI
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