'The Living Presidency'

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'The Living Presidency'

Saikrishna Prakash, William Antholis (moderator)

Thursday, September 10, 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
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“Our living presidency subverts the idea of an executive subject to the Constitution and to the laws,” writes Saikrishna Prakash in his new book, The Living Presidency, from Harvard University Press. “If presidents can unilaterally alter the Constitution, they can circumvent the document that spells out and limits their authority. The president’s express obligation to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution’ becomes irrelevant in the face of a practical power to alter, undermine, and subvert the Constitution.”

Prakash, a UVA Law professor and Miller Center senior fellow, discusses his pointed and strikingly relevant critique of the modern presidency in a discussion hosted by Miller Center Director William Antholis.


Thursday, September 10, 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
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Saikrishna Prakash

Saikrishna Prakash, a Miller Center faculty senior fellow, is the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Paul G. Mahoney Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School. His scholarship focuses on separation of powers, particularly executive powers. He teaches constitutional law, foreign relations law, and presidential powers. Prakash clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the author of Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive (Yale University Press 2015).

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William Antholis (moderator)

William Antholis serves as director and CEO of the Miller Center. Immediately prior, he was managing director at The Brookings Institution, and from 1995 to 1999 he served in government. At the White House, he was director of international economic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and National Economic Council, where he served as the chief staff person for the G8 Summits in 1997 and 1998. Antholis is the author of Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global and, with Strobe Talbot,Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming.