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
Date Written: July 11, 2012
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
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