The Isolated Presidency: John Tyler and Unilateral Presidential Power

  title={The Isolated Presidency: John Tyler and Unilateral Presidential Power},
  author={Jordan T. Cash},
  journal={American Political Thought},
  pages={26 - 56}
  • Jordan T. Cash
  • Published 1 January 2018
  • Political Science
  • American Political Thought
In recent years, a growing scholarly literature has considered the presidency’s unilateral powers by examining under what circumstances presidents act alone to achieve their policy ends. This article seeks to extend this literature by examining John Tyler’s unique presidency. Lacking an electoral mandate, congressional support, and a political party, Tyler was completely isolated from institutional supports and forced to rely exclusively on his presidential powers; however, despite this… 
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