Bulletin n. 1/2017
June 2017
  • Section A) The theory and practise of the federal states and multi-level systems of government
  • Section B) Global governance and international organizations
  • Section C) Regional integration processes
  • Section D) Federalism as a political idea
  • Kevin J. Burns
    The Law: A Constitutionalist's Defense of Prerogative: Taft's Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers
    in Presidential Studies Quarterly , Volume 47, Issue 2 ,  2017 ,  336–353
    Traditional discussions of presidential prerogative power have grouped scholars into “Jeffersonian” and “Hamiltonian” camps, both of which seek to justify the broad-ranging use of executive power in an emergency while also admitting that the prerogative power is technically illegal or extralegal. This article explores William Howard Taft's Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers, which lays out a theory of Article II that permits the president to employ expansive executive means to attain limited constitutional ends. By both legalizing and limiting the president's use of prerogative, Taft's understanding of the Constitution and prerogative may contribute to the scholarly debate on executive power.
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