University of New Hampshire Law Review


[Excerpt] “The United States Constitution vests all executive powers in a president. This is the unitary executive theory. By virtue of this, many believe the president is vested with the power to act unilaterally. This is the unilateral executive theory. However, the unilateral executive portends more than action. In reality, the unilateral executive theory provides an opportunity to implement a unilateral agenda. Thus, the aim of this paper is to consider executive power, the separation of powers, and the unilateral executive theory to determine if presidential power under the separation of powers doctrine is actually “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” With regard to this, we will consider the intentions of the framers, the text of the Constitution, and the mandates of governmental necessity.”

Repository Citation

Thomas J. Cleary, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The Unilateral Executive and the Separation of Powers, 6 Pierce L. Rev. 265 (2007), available at http://scholars.unh.edu/unh_lr/vol6/iss2/6