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The Law of the Executive BranchPresidential Power$
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Louis Fisher

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856213.001.0001

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The Powers of the President

The Powers of the President

(p.58) Three The Powers of the President
The Law of the Executive Branch

Louis Fisher

Oxford University Press

This chapter on presidential powers first analyzes three concepts that go beyond powers expressly stated: “implied,” “inherent,” and “prerogative.” It then considers specific presidential powers, such as the power to remove executive officials and to issue pardons. Presidential powers wax and wane depending on who occupies the Oval Office; initiatives urged by advisers and supporters, national, and international pressures; popular support (and lack thereof); and actions taken by the legislative and judicial branches to encourage or curb executive power.

Keywords:   presidential power, executive power, implied powers, inherent powers, prerogative powers, US Constitution

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