Presiding with Principle: Restoring Good Governance in the U.S. Executive Branch
Publication Date: October 2008
Author(s): Remi Moncel
Special Collection: Presidential Advisory
Keywords: Accountability; Presidential transition; Government transparency
Coverage: United States
How will the President-elect run his administration? The answer to this question will have direct impacts on the American people's health, safety and the quality of their environment. This note reveals the link between an unchecked presidency and poor policy. It reviews the practices of previous administrations in the context of relevant constitutional and legislative provisions, and attests to the vulnerability of a system of delicate checks and balances to abuse of power.
In addition to the legal abuses they constitute, these cases bring to light significant negative impacts that have resulted from an opaque presidency and make the case for better governance in the next administration.