The Decline and Fall of the American Republic: Obama's Libyan Intervention
Title: The Decline and Fall of the American Republic: Obama's Libyan Intervention
Author: ACKERMAN, Bruce
Series/Number: EUI MWP LS; 2011/02
The lecture traces a series of political, bureaucratic, and military transformations that have, over the past forty years, transformed the American presidency into a potential platform for charismatic extremism and bureaucratic lawlessness. Watergate, Iran-Contra, and President Bush’s legitimation of torture may well be prelude to worse breakdowns in the future – unless the presidency can be fundamentally reformed.
Subject: Presidency; Libya; American Constitution; Torture memos; Obama
Type of Access: openAccess