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About the Event

While it can be difficult to open the news without seeing headlines about the power struggles between the current President and Congress, the debate over where the primacy of power truly lies go back much further than just 2016. For many administrations now, the American system of government has seen this play out between the Legislative Branch and the Executive Branch.

It seems that, regardless of which party controls the White House, there are partisan declarations that the President is relying on powers beyond those allowed by the U.S. Constitution—that the presidency is an “imperial” one. First made popular in 1973 by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. in his book The Imperial Presidency, the idea of the “imperial presidency” has been used by one party or the other to describe what they deem as overreaching actions by the President.

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Independence National Historical Park in this ongoing partnership series of programming for this nuanced discussion about these structural issues in our constitutional system.

About the Panelists

  • Paul Clement, Partner, Washington, D.C. office, Kirkland & Ellis LLP;  43rd Solicitor General of the United States, June 2005-June 2008
  • Joshua Geltzer, Visiting Professor of Law; Executive Director, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection

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