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Once and Future King The Rise of Crown Government in America

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ISBN-10: 1594037191

ISBN-13: 9781594037191

Edition: 2014

Authors: F. H. Buckley

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The book takes on some of the most cherished beliefs Americans have about their country: that it is the freest in the world, that this is so because of its Constitution (notably, with its separation of powers) and that for this we owe our thanks to the Framers at the Philadelphia Convention. To them Buckley says that this isn’t the freest country in the world, that parliamentary regimes (without a separation of powers) are generally freer and that what the Framers wanted was something much closer to parliamentary government.Were presidential government benign, one might not be concerned about the remarkable rise of executive power in America. The complacency is misplaced, however, for the greatest threat to liberty today comes from what Buckley calls Crown government—the one-man rule of an all-powerful president.While the book offers the sharpest analysis of the dangers of presidential rule, it is scholarly and not tendentious. Its analysis is supported by the closest reading of the Framers's debates as well as an empirical study of their motivations. The book also offers an empirical analysis of how presidential government is associated with political corruption and the loss of political freedom.The book describes how current presidents have drawn power towards them and how they might, without great difficulty, take it to the next level.
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 4/8/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 424
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English