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Presidential Powers Seminar

This seminar examines the place of the President in the American constitutional scheme. The seminar explores the variety of the President’s Article II powers, the scope of Congress’s authority to regulate those powers, and judicial review of the President’s assertions of constitutional and statutory authority. While the focus of the seminar is on the legal constraints on the President, it will also attend to the institutional, political, and strategic implications of those legal constraints for governance. The course readings include historical materials, judicial decisions, executive branch memos, and academic commentary in political science and law. Administrative law is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. A seminar paper and smaller papers will be required. Enrollment Limited