A model of presidential power adjustment during wartime: “How curious George went to Washington and has been detained ever since”

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The President's power is in a state of constant flux. During times of war, the President is allowed an expanse of power normally not available during times of peace. After the war ends or becomes too unpopular, the President relinquishes the power gained. This effect, labeled in the thesis as “Expansion and Constriction”, has occurred in the major war eras of the past and is predictable. It is the focus of this thesis to show the existence of the pattern and to use the pattern to discuss the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT Act) and its use in the war on terror. This information is useful because it will demonstrate what is needed to allow the President to exercise the power given, and what is needed to take away the power given by the USA PATRIOT Act.

To deliver the goal of showing the pattern exists and can be applied to the USA PATRIOT era, the thesis is broken up into two parts. The first part of the thesis will view key cases in the Civil War, World War I, World War II and Korean War eras. The war eras and their cases will be discussed in terms of the “expansion and constriction” pattern. After showing that a pattern exists, the second part of the thesis focuses on the USA PATRIOT Act era and if the pattern can be used to predict the outcome of this era. At the end of the thesis, solutions will be suggested that can benefit both the opponents and the supporters of the USA PATRIOT Act.

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Political science;
Public administration;
0615: Political science
0617: Public administration
0398: Law
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A model of presidential power adjustment during wartime: “How curious George went to Washington and has been detained ever since”
Szewczyk, Joseph
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MAI 44/01M, Masters Abstracts International
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Ann Arbor
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United States
9780542184826, 0542184826
Simich, Jerry
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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United States -- Nevada
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Dissertations & Theses
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