The Credible Executive

@article{Posner2006TheCE,
  title={The Credible Executive},
  author={E. Posner and Adrian Vermeule},
  journal={Harvard Law School},
  year={2006}
}
Legal and constitutional theory has focused chiefly on the risk that voters and legislators will trust an ill-motivated executive. This paper addresses the risk that voters and legislators will fail to trust a well-motivated executive. Absent some credible signal of benign motivations, voters will be unable to distinguish good from bad executives and will thus withhold discretion that they would have preferred to grant, making all concerned worse off. We suggest several mechanisms with which a… Expand
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