Presidential Power In Action: Implementing Supreme Court Detainee Decisions

Hardcover | August 15, 2008

byDarren Wheeler

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This book will systematically examine how Supreme Court detainee cases have been implemented over time with an emphasis on the role of the president in this process.  More specifically, it will test the hypothesis that an active, energetic executive branch has the ability to powerfully shape the implementation process of judicial decisions in a policy area it has deemed important. It concludes that the President, though just one of many actors in the implementation process, wields considerable influence and has a variety of tools that can be used to shape the manner in which judicial decisions are implemented and achieve his policy goals.  It also explores why presidents seem to have the upper hand in the implementation process when compared with the power and influence of Congress and the courts.

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This book will systematically examine how Supreme Court detainee cases have been implemented over time with an emphasis on the role of the president in this process.  More specifically, it will test the hypothesis that an active, energetic executive branch has the ability to powerfully shape the implementation process of judicial decis...

Darren A. Wheeler is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida where he teaches Constitutional Law and the American Presidency.  His research interests include the implementation of judicial decisions, presidential power, and the civil liberties in the War on Terror.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:August 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230603696

ISBN - 13:9780230603691

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The War on Terror, Presidential Power, and the Detention of Terror Suspects * Citizen Abroad or Enemy Combatant?:  The Case of Yaser Hamdi * Wanted in the Homeland: The Case of Jose Padilla * Detaining Non-Citizens: The Case of Shafiq Rasul * With Military Tribunals for All?: The Case of Salim Hamdan * Presidential Power, the Judiciary, and the War on Terror                               

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"For those unfamiliar with these four [Supreme Court] detainee cases, Presidential Power in Action is an excellent introduction. It explains the complex issues clearly while showing how limited the impact of these seemingly strong rulings were. This also makes it useful for those interested in the implementation of Supreme Court decisions."--The Law and Politics Book Review"Darren Wheeler's volume effectively, and at times alarmingly, illustrates deep lessons about the exercise of unilateral powers and the design of our system of checks and balances."--William G. Howell, Associate Professor, Harris School of Public Policy