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What is an imperial presidency?
A term popularised by the book of the same title written in 1973
by Arthur Schlesinger, used to refer to a presidency characterised
by the misuse and abuse of the powers of the presidency. In
particular, it referred to executive secrecy- especially…

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the highest levels of Nixon's administration. Nixon's resignation
was evidence, to some, that there was no imperial presidency. In
his resignation statement, Nixon said, "I no longer have a strong
enough political base in the Congress" ie he was forced out by
Congress. In 1986, Schlesinger even recanted his theory…


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