Conclusion:The American Presidency in a Post 9/11 World

  • Thomas E. Cronin
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)


The American presidency is a uniquely necessary, and always potentially dangerous, leadership institution. The framers of the U.S. Constitution were aware of this:they knew that if they designed a presidency with too much power, they risked ending up with an arbitrary tyrant, yet if they designed a presidency with too little power, the nation might not have the decisive leadership needed in times of emergency. Today, 11 generations later, we face the same questions the framers faced:what kind of president do we need, and what kind of presidency do we want?


Foreign Policy Civil Liberty Federal Court Geneva Convention American Presidency 
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