Podcast: Presidential powers, and why Robert Jackson matters

Louis Fisher. Source: University of Kansas Press.

In this LegBranch.org podcast, Kevin Kosar of the American Enterprise Institute speaks with Dr. Louis Fisher about his new article on presidential powers: Sources and Limits for Presidential Power: Perspectives of Robert H. Jackson, 83 Albany Law Review 0441 (2020).

In recent years, the first and second branches of government have struggled numerous times over presidential powers. Collisions have occurred over many policies, including immigration, appropriations, and foreign affairs, and culminated in an impeachment proceeding.

Robert Jackson served on the Supreme Court from 1941 to 1954—long ago. Yet, as Dr. Fisher explains in our discussion, Jackson’s understanding of the sources and limits of presidential power remain relevant in today’s disputes over presidential power.

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