The Presidency and the Constitution
April 19-21, 2013
When the Founders drafted the Constitution in 1787, they had some understanding of what executive power was and how it differed from legislative and judicial power-but the approach to executive power they endorsed in Philadelphia was new and one of the truly novel features of the new Constitution. This seminar focuses on the idea of the presidency under the Constitution and how that office has evolved over time. Special attention is placed on early understandings of the presidency and how they differ, sometimes in rather dramatic fashion, from more contemporary ideas regarding the office and the occupant.