Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 1990.
First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good with no dust jacket. Item #15541
Library stamps/marks/labels, otherwise light wear. Crisp hardcover.; Description: Richard Loss attempts to appraise Edward S. Corwin's thesis that Alexander Hamilton was the primary contributor to the modern theory of presidential power. Suggesting that the teachings of Hamilton and George Washington set the tone for the American presidency, the author explains the differences between these teachings and the interpretations of the modern presidents who aggrandized the power of the office. The book assesses the works of scholars who added to the modern theory of presidential power, Edward S. Corwin, Clinton Rossiter, and Richard E. Neustadt. The book has two main sections. The first part shows how Hamilton and Washington understood the moral ends of the American political community and the constitutional means of presidential power. The second part studies the discarding of Hamilton's teachings by four statesmen who helped shape the modern theory of presidential power: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and by scholars who molded public expectations of the presidency. An epilogue discusses the possible direction of the presidency by examining Ronald Reagan's understanding of the office. Loss concludes that Corwin's Hamilton thesis is more persuasive as an admonition to revive sound constitutional theory than as an historical account of the relation between Hamilton's teachings and modernity. Corwin's mature reflections imply that a return to moderation in stating what the Constitution permits in presidential power and discretion is an important task for constitutional scholarship today. This study will be an important supplement for courses in American government, the American presidency, and public law, as well as a valuable addition to both public and academic libraries.Table of Contents: Preface; Introduction; Part I. Hamilton and Washington: 1. Alexander Hamilton's Understanding of the American Regime and the Presidency; 2. The Political Thought and Conduct of President George Washington; Part II. Revisionist Presidents and Revisionist Scholars of the Presidency:3. Abraham Lincoln; 4. Theodore Roosevelt; 5. Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt; 6. Scholarly Opinions of Presidential Power: Edward S. Corwin, Clinton Rossiter and Richard E. Neustadt; Epilogue; Selected Bibliography; Index.; Contributions in Political Science; Ex-Library; Vol. 253; 192 pages.