The Imperial Presidency Will Never End

The party in power simply cannot let go of that power.

Arthur Schlesinger Jr., historian of presidential power, in the 1960s. Source: WNYC

In 1973, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote a book that refined the nation’s idea of the powers of the presidency. The Imperial Presidency took a hard look at how the executive branch had engorged itself over the previous four decades. This book’s fame and influence have led to misconceptions over its general conclusions. Schlesinger did…