The Modern Theory of Presidential Power: Alexander Hamilton and the Corwin Thesis


This book takes a critical look at Edward S. Corwin's "Hamilton thesis," which names Alexander Hamilton as the primary contributor to the modern theory of presidential power. It examines the theoretical and practical articulation of the presidency by Hamilton and George Washington, the development of the modern theory through the administrations of Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Wilson, and FDR, and the theories of other presidential scholars. An epilogue discusses the direction of the presidency after Ronald Reagan. "This is an important book for students of the American Presidency. It should also be read by anyone interested in American political thought . . . . Dr. Loss marshalls an impressive amount of erudition in support of his position." Francis H. Heller XUniversity of Kansas

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