Permanent State of Emergency

Unchecked Executive Power and the Demise of the Rule of Law

Par (auteur) Ryan Alford
Catégories: Political Science
Éditeur: McGill-Queen's University Press
Hardcover : 9780773549197, 352 pages, Mai 2017

An objective and unflinching analysis of the destruction of America’s constitutional order and the creation of an elective dictatorship.

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Permanent State of Emergency is an unflinching analysis of the destruction of America’s constitutional order and the creation of an elective dictatorship. Alford establishes that the ongoing failure to address human rights abuses is a symptom of the most serious constitutional crisis in American history. Providing both an overview and a systematic analysis of the new regime, he objectively demonstrates that it does not meet even the minimum requirements of the rule of law. To learn more about this publisher, click here: http://bit. ly/18XiH0w


"Alford's work has many strengths, which make it a great addition as a study of presidential power in the twenty-first century. It makes important points at how far modern presidential power has drifted from its constitutional mooring, often with the comp

“Permanent State of Emergency offers a compelling historical and theoretical analysis of executive power from a unique perspective. In light of President Trump, the argument of the book has only become more pressing and urgent, making this an indispensable guide to both recent and current events. ” Robert Diab, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University

“Permanent State of Emergency is a timely and important book – it is difficult to find a volume that combines a focus on the critical idea of the rule of law with discussion of the contemporary problem of executive power, and otherwise impossible to find one that firmly roots its discussion in the history of the American executive. ” Paul Gowder, author of The Rule of Law in the Real World

“Every American schoolchild is taught that we live in a nation of laws. No one, not even the president, is above the law. As Ryan Alford documents with devastating clarity, successive presidential administrations have made a mockery of this ideal. The US experiment is in danger of degenerating into a democracy in name only, in which an out-of-control executive branch operates with impunity under a veneer of rubber-stamp checks and balances. Thanks to Alford's important work, no one can claim we weren't warned. ” Ted Rall, cartoonist and author of Trump: A Graphic Biography

“Concluding that the U. S. government is now an elective dictatorship where systemic violations of basic rights can be carried out with impunity, Alford’s utterly reasonable and objective study is a compelling, important call to restore democratic balance.