Guarding the Parchment Barrier:The Attorney General and Presidential Power in Wartime

  • Nancy V. Baker
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)


Definitions of the attributes of democratic governance vary, but at the core of every definition is the idea that citizens are engaged in the decision-making process. As Arend Lijphart noted, a democracy is government by the people, or in modern nation-states, “indirectly through representatives whom they elect on a free and equal basis.”1 The people, to share in democratic decision-making, must have access to accurate information about pending policies and official actions. To express its will, the citizenry must be free to seek out information, and to peacefully assemble and organize to oppose government policies. Scholars have noted, “A democratic political system is largely defined by the relative liberty of citizens to criticize existing distributions of political power and institutional arrangements.”2


Attorney General Executive Branch Democratic Governance Justice Department Executive Power 
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