I Do Solemnly Swear - The President's Constitutional Oath: Its Meaning and Importance in the History of Oaths

I Do Solemnly Swear - The President's Constitutional Oath: Its Meaning and Importance in the History of Oaths

By: Matthew A. Pauley (author)Hardback

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I Do Solemnly Swear is an in-depth analysis of the meaning and importance of U.S. President's oath of office. The oath requires the President to preserve, protect, and defend the Union by any means and then transmit it unimpaired to his successor. Pauley examines the potential political and legal ramifications of such an oath and its role as a source of presidential power. Beginning with a survey of the history of oaths from the classical world to the modern era, Pauley analyzes the President's oath within the context of American political and constitutional development. Those with scholarly interests in government, politics, or law will find this work enlightening.

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Matthew A. Pauley is Assistant Professor of Law at Southern New England School of Law at N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.


chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 Oaths and the Social-Contract Theory of Thomas Hobbes chapter 3 Oaths Among the Greeks and Romans and in the Early Christian Centuries chapter 4 Oaths in the Post-Roman Western World Down to the American Revolution chapter 5 From European Theory to American Revolutionary Practice chapter 6 Oaths and the French Revolutionary Experience chapter 7 From Locke, Madison, and Tocqueville to Bagehot and Wilson chapter 8 The President's Oath as a Source of Power? chapter 9 The President's Oath as a Formality? The Crowning of an Unhereditary Monarch chapter 10 Conclusion: Perfecting the Union vs. Protecting It: A Final Word on the Meaning and Importance of the President's Oath

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  • publication date: 01/09/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780761814887
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 268
  • ID: 9780761814887
  • weight: 494
  • ISBN10: 0761814884

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