The Letter of the Law: Administrative Discretion and Obama’s Domestic Unilateralism

  title={The Letter of the Law: Administrative Discretion and Obama’s Domestic Unilateralism},
  author={Andrew Rudalevige},
  journal={The Forum},
  pages={29 - 59}
Abstract In his 2014 State of the Union address Barack Obama pledged to act without Congress on a variety of fronts, following up his “we can’t wait” campaign of unilateralism before the 2012 election. The partisan furor this engendered tended to obscure the longstanding efforts of presidents to “faithfully execute” the law in a manner that aligns with their policy preferences. This paper examines the broad logic of those efforts, and delineates five areas where the Obama administration has… 

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