The Administrative Presidency, Unilateral Power, and the Unitary Executive Theory

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This essay examines a major change that has occurred in recent years with regard to the relationship between the president and the bureaucracy. It is a change that relies on a greater use of the president's unilateral powers to influence the bureaucracy. It is based on a theory of presidential power that is striking in its scope and implications: the unitary executive theory. In many respects, the theory fundamentally changes the nature of presidential–bureaucratic relations, yet it has received scant attention in scholarly journals. Examination of its potential impact is long overdue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
JournalPresidential Studies Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009

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© 2009 Center for the Study of the Presidency.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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