The Unitary Executive Theory | BRI Scholar Talks
What are the problems and concerns with the Unitary Executive Theory of the Presidency? In this episode of Scholar Talks, Dr. Mark J. Rozell, founding dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, joins BRI Senior Teaching Fellow Tony Williams to discuss his newest book “Unitary Executive Theory: A Danger to Constitutional Government.” Together, they touch on topics such as the historical origins of the Unitary Executive Theory, the constitutional dangers surrounding it, and contemporary examples of presidents who exercised it. How has the use of presidential "czars" undermined Congress and the Constitution?
Federalist Papers No. 70 (1788)
In this Federalist Paper, Alexander Hamilton argues for a strong executive leader, as provided for by the Constitution, as opposed to the weak executive under the Articles of Confederation. He asserts, “energy in the executive is the leading character in the definition of good government.