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Media Turn to Prof. for Analysis of 'Imperial Presidency'

Associate Professor of Political Science Andrew Rudalevige may not have coined the phrase, but he is THE expert on the "Imperial Presidency" and has become the favorite of media from The New York Times to PBS's venerable NewsHour.

Since the October publication of "The New Imperial Presidency: Renewing Presidential Power After Watergate," Rudalevige has been quoted and interviewed about his take on Bush and the "Imperial Presidency." This catchphrase was coined during the Nixon administration by Arthur J. Schlesinger Jr., who has said that Rudalevige's book is a "grand sequel" to his own on the same subject.

"The New Imperial Presidency" explores the resurgence of executive power against the backdrop of civilian freedom. It also suggests that the congressional framework meant to advise and constrain presidential conduct since Watergate has slowly eroded.

The topic has become increasingly popular with the press as questions emerge about Bush's use of wiretaps and other presidential war powers.

Most recently, New York Times writer Elisabeth Bumiller quoted Rudalevige in her Jan. 16 piece about the expansion of the executive powers. This article was picked up by the International Herald Tribune and other print media.

David Broder, a Washington Post columnist, quoted Rudalevige in a scathing piece about the U.S. Congress: "a resurrection of the Imperial Presidency [is] facilitated by the combination of executive assertiveness and legislative acquiescence."

These words were heard around the country when the column was re-run in newspapers from The Seattle Times to The Buffalo News.

On a similar topic, Rudalevige appeared in a Boston Globe piece by Drake Bennett, who was examining the question "Can Congress matter?"

In December The Washington Post called on Rudalevige twice for articles about presidential power. These articles also appeared in other newspapers nationwide.

On Jan. 2, PBS staple The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer included Rudalevige as one of three experts putting into historical perspective the furor over President Bush's domestic intelligence program.

For more on Rudalevige and his work, visit his Web site at www.dickinson.edu/~rudaleva/.

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