A valuable systematic and insightful examination of an important presidential power in the wake of terrorist threats and economic recession with the stroke of a pen might well lead one to expect significant executive orders and perhaps other unilateral presidential action karen m hult the journal of politics. With the stroke of a pen executive orders and presidential power kenneth mayer on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the conventional wisdom holds that the president of the united states is weak hobbled by the separation of powers and the short reach of his formal legal authority. With the stroke of a pen has 7 ratings and 0 reviews the conventional wisdom holds that the president of the united states is weak hobbled by the separ. And as we learn in with the stroke of a pen executive order can be criticized with substantial argument and can have great impact mayer put together charts of 1028 presidential orders into categories between march 1936 and december 1999 constructing two tables. Shows how presidents have used a key tool of executive power to wield their inherent legal authority and pursue policy without congressional interference this book argues that throughout the nations life executive orders have allowed presidents to make momentous unilateral policy choices creating and abolishing executive branch agencies
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