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Wednesday September 17th, 2014

Executive Overreach: The President On His Own?

A Discussion With Professor:

James P. Pfiffner, Ph.D. – University Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University

Wednesday September 17, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Moot Courtroom
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

The Case Western Reserve University Constitution Day Student Committee welcomes Professor James Pfiffner of George Mason University to discuss the historical, political, and constitutional evolution of presidential power in America. From sweeping internal surveillance to aggressive drone strikes, the actions of the executive bear far-reaching domestic and international consequences. This forum traces the early foundations of the presidency and explores the controversy surrounding its expansion and recent constitutional challenges.

About Our Guest

James P. Pfiffner is University Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. His major areas of expertise are the Presidency, American National Government, and Public Management. He has lectured on these topics at universities in Europe and throughout the United States as well as at the Federal Executive Institute, the National War College, the U.S. Military Academy, and at the State, Justice, and Defense Departments. In 2007 he was the S.T. Lee Professorial Fellow in the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

He has written or edited a dozen books on the presidency and American National Government, including The Strategic Presidency: Hitting the Ground Running and Power Play: The Bush Presidency and the Constitution. He has also published many articles on the presidency and public management in professional journals, reference works, and the popular press. He has been interviewed regularly by print and electronic media.

Professor Pfiffner has been a panel member or on project staffs of the Volcker Commission, the National Academy of Public Administration (of which he is an elected member), the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the National Academy of Sciences. His professional experience includes service in the Director’s Office of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (1980-81), and he has been a member of the faculty at the University of California, Riverside and California State University, Fullerton. In 1990 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award at George Mason University. He is listed in Who’s Who In America.

While serving with the 25th Infantry Division (1/8 Artillery) in 1970 he received the Army Commendation of Medal for Valor in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Program planned by the Case Western Reserve Constitution Day 2014 Student Committee: Caroline Bass (Chair), Philip Hoffert (Vice Chair), Andrew Breland, Quinn Winters, Jacob Martin, and Hayley Rassuchine.

Faculty Advisors: Jonathan Entin, Andrew Lucker, Laura Tartakoff, and Joseph White

Sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of Government and Community Relations, Department of Political Science, Center for Policy Studies, and School of Law