Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution
In Reclaiming Accountability, Kitrosser traces presidentialism from its start as part of a decades-old legal movement through its appearance during the Bush and Obama administrations, demonstrating its effects on secrecy throughout. Taking readers through the key presidentialist arguments—including “supremacy” and “unitary executive theory”—she explains how these arguments misread the Constitution in a way that is profoundly at odds with democratic principles. Kitrosser’s own reading offers a powerful corrective, showing how the Constitution provides myriad tools, including the power of Congress and the courts to enforce checks on presidential power, through which we could reclaim government accountability.
Chapter 2. The Tools and Politics of Constitutional Meaning
Chapter 3. Substantive Accountability and External Checking
Chapter 4. Supremacy Explained and Critiqued
Chapter 5. How Supremacy Undermines Substantive Accountability
Chapter 6. Presidential Supremacy in the Courts
Chapter 7. Substantive Accountability and Internal Checking
Chapter 8. How Unitary Executive Theory Undermines Substantive Accountability
Chapter 9. Where Do We Go from Here?
Choice Magazine: CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Awards
Chicago-Kent College of Law: Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize