Dr. Carey is Professor of Government at Georgetown University. He is the author and editor of several works including In Defense of the Constitution, Freedom and Virtue, and A Student’s Guide to American Political Thought. In 2003, he was awarded the ISI Regnery Award for Distinguished Institutional Service.
A Conserving Caucus in Action
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Gene Healy, The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power (Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 2008)
Two different conceptions or paradigms of American federalism have their roots in The Federalist essays of both Hamilton and Madison. Each offers a different approach to the problems involved in the doctrines of divided sovereignty and limited national power. . . .
A survey of the present American political scene provides, I believe, the background and point of departure for examining more permanent and basic aspects of American institutions and politics that pose enormous obstacles to the realization of principles long associated with traditional conservatism. More specifically the eclipse (some might say the disappearance) of traditional conservatism when both Congress and the presidency are controlled by Republicans is no anomaly; it is, instead, the predictable outgrowth of an interplay between the political culture and institutions. . . .