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The presidential veto : touchstone of the American presidency

Author: Robert J Spitzer
Publisher: Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, ©1988.
Series: SUNY series in leadership studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this first modern study of the core power of the presidency, Spitzer traces the genesis and historical evolution of veto from Ancient Rome and Britain, through its adoption at the Philadelphia Convention, and the many disputes and controversies over its use. Not only does Spitzer bring the subject up to date, he argues persuasively that the veto power is an integral part of the modern presidency. He shows how it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert J Spitzer
ISBN: 0887068022 9780887068027 0887068030 9780887068034
OCLC Number: 17509078
Description: xix, 181 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The creation of the veto --
Evolution of the veto power --
The modern veto --
The pocket veto --
The presidential veto --
The item veto controversy.
Series Title: SUNY series in leadership studies.
Responsibility: Robert J. Spitzer ; with a foreword by Louis Fisher.

Abstract:

In this first modern study of the core power of the presidency, Spitzer traces the genesis and historical evolution of veto from Ancient Rome and Britain, through its adoption at the Philadelphia Convention, and the many disputes and controversies over its use. Not only does Spitzer bring the subject up to date, he argues persuasively that the veto power is an integral part of the modern presidency. He shows how it has become a key vehicle for presidents to appeal directly to, and on behalf of the people, and that is not merely a power to use against the U.S. Congress but also a symbolic plebiscitary tool. He also devotes separate chapters to the pocket veto and the item veto, carefully analyzing their mechanics, the legal fights, and political accommodations entered into by Congress and the President, and examines the use of item veto by governors.

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