Dick Cheney and the Robust Conception of Presidential Power (Book Review of In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney)

18 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2013  

Pejman Yousefzadeh

University of Chicago

Date Written: July 11, 2012

Abstract

The memoirs of former Vice President Dick Cheney advance — among other things — his expansive view of executive power. This Book Review discusses Cheney’s those views. It depicts Cheney’s Nixon Administration experience, his time as a member of Congress, and his service as secretary of defense and vice president. In all of his years of public service, Cheney did not become a skeptic of executive power. On the contrary, even as a member of Congress, he sought to safeguard executive power against what he — and others around him — saw as encroachment by Congress. This Book Review also highlights two notable instances in which Cheney, as a member of the Executive Branch, sought to protect presidential power — and one instance in which he worked to preserve the autonomy of the Vice President from the President and his staff.

Keywords: Dick Cheney, presidential power, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, book review

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Yousefzadeh, Pejman, Dick Cheney and the Robust Conception of Presidential Power (Book Review of In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney) (July 11, 2012). Texas Review of Law & Politics, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2223353

Pejman Yousefzadeh (Contact Author)

University of Chicago

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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