Obama, Modern Presidents Are Too Powerful

Eric Posner discusses The Executive Unbound and the powerful modern presidency.

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How does increased partisanship affect the unbound executive?

Let me first express a little bit of skepticism about that. There is some evidence of increased partisanship, but I think people exaggerate it. People overlook all of the examples of bipartisan cooperation. But you know, let's suppose that there is more partisanship. I think that's probably a healthy thing, so as Congress loses power, the party system takes up the slack a little bit. And the executive, when he wants to do something that's very important to him and the public doesn't trust him, the best way that he can try to gain the confidence of the public is to make a bipartisan gesture.

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