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QU POLIS: Prerogative Power and the American Presidency

November 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

John Locke argued that the power of the government to serve the common good cannot be limited, not even by law. This power to act outside the law—what he called “prerogative”—is naturally lodged, he thought, in the executive. Executives, he argued, must not only be able to act where the law is silent, but indeed, to act against the law where the common good requires it. Some American Founders and some American presidents have subscribed to this theory. This course examines this controversial theory of prerogative, its place in the creation of the American executive, historical examples of its exercise, and the tension between this notion and the project of limited government.

Lecturer: Dr. Neil Wright, Assistant Professor Political Science, Quincy University

Class will be held in the North Campus North Cafeteria

Price: $4


November 27, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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