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The Logic Of Presidential Unilateral Action

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The logic of presidential unilateral action appears to be focused on two issues. The first is the nature of when presidents are likely to act unilaterally. The second appears to be how these actions shape the relationship between branches of government. While there seems to be concern as to the institutional effects of an increased use of unilateral action, it seems to be a natural result of ambiguity and institutional limitations on the presidency. Moe and Howell offer compelling reasons as to why unilateral action is even a concern. They point to the combination of constitutional ambiguity in the level to which presidents are able to act. The multitude of statues, clauses, and loopholes give the executive room to take action in a number
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