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Rule of Congress or rule of the President ? The lessons of American History

The concept of a « presidential » regime, which is of comparatively recent origin, leads generally to a confusing picture of the nature and functioning of the government of the United States.

On the foundations of a compromise constitution which if anything favoured Congress, the pendular movement of american history has lent itself at times to a « congressional » interpretation, at times to a « presidential » interpretation. Over the last few decades, the latter has largely prevailed. Watergate and its consequences however remind the observer to be wary of the premature concept of an « imperial presidency », and to be conscious of possible nuances.


Référence électonique : Stéphane RIALS, "Rule of Congress or rule of the President ? The lessons of American History", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°29, 29 - Les Etats-Unis, p.35-47 . Consulté le 2023-01-27 09:00:00 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Rule-of-Congress-or-rule-of-the.html