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date: 14 April 2021

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This chapter examines the constitutional politics of the executive branch in the United States. It first reviews some important concepts in the study of constitutional politics involving the presidency, including representation, formal and informal powers, unilateralism and extraordinary powers, and war, pointing out the significance of the president’s status as both a domestic and a global representative, and highlighting tensions between the “foreign” and “domestic” presidencies. It considers the changes in presidential power since the early republic and suggests that assessing whether these changes have been a boon or bane will require literatures in political science and legal studies to deepen their mutual engagement.

Keywords: constitutional politics, executive branch, presidency, representation, formal powers, informal powers, unilateralism, extraordinary powers, war, presidential power

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