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Fisher, Louis

Works: 219 works in 753 publications in 1 language and 29,332 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Encyclopedias  Reference works  History  Trials, litigation, etc  Trial and arbitral proceedings  Textbooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Composer, Signer, Performer
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Most widely held works by Louis Fisher
Constitutional conflicts between Congress and the President by Louis Fisher( Book )

51 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rev. ed. of: The Constitution between friends. 1978.Includes indexes. Bibliography: p. 345-354
The democratic constitution by Neal Devins( )

24 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 2,584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constitutional law is clearly shaped by judicial actors. But who else contributes? Scholars in the past have recognized that the legislative branch plays a significant role in determining structural issues, such as separation of powers and federalism, but stopped there--claiming that only courts had the independence and expertise to safeguard individual and minority rights. In this readable and engaging narrative, the authors identify the nuts and bolts of the national dialogue and relate succinct examples of how elected officials and the general public often dominate the Supreme Court in defining the Constitution's meaning. Making use of case studies on race, privacy, federalism, war powers, speech, and religion, Devins and Fisher demonstrate how elected officials uphold individual rights in such areas as religious liberty and free speech as well as, and often better than, the courts. This fascinating debunking of judicial supremacy argues that nonjudicial contributions to constitutional interpretation make the Constitution more stable, more consistent with constitutional principles, and more protective of individual and minority rights.--
Presidential war power by Louis Fisher( Book )

27 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in English and held by 2,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fisher chronicles the expansion of the president's power to make war
The politics of shared power : Congress and the executive by Louis Fisher( Book )

23 editions published between 1981 and 1998 in English and held by 2,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author examines how the U.S. system of separation of powers works
Presidential spending power by Louis Fisher( Book )

29 editions published between 1970 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each year billions of dollars are diverted by the President and his assistants from the purposes for which Congress intended them. Billions more are used in confidential and covert ways, without the knowledge of Congress and the public. Here is the first account of how this money is actually spent. Louis Fisher writes: ""When it comes to the administration of the budget, we find nothing that is obvious, very little that is visible. Our priorities here are peculiar. We fix upon the appropriations process, watching with great fascination as Congress goes about its business of making funds avai
Constitutional dialogues : interpretation as political process by Louis Fisher( )

17 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Who makes constitutional law? Is constitutional doctrine the monopoly of the courts? In accessible and persuasive prose Louis Fisher explains that constitutional law is not solely or even primarily the Supreme Court's "final word" but rather a richly political convergence of separate interpretations. With a broad range of examples, he argues that constitutional principles emerge from a dialogue among all three branches of government--executive, legislative, and judicial. Important contributions also come from the states and the general public. Fisher identifies executive and legislative initiatives in many areas of constitutional significance. Where there is litigation, the Court generally upholds these initiatives or may avoid making a constitutional decision by using "threshold devices." On those rare occasions when the Supreme Court exercises judicial review and strikes down a presidential or congressional action, it is usually only a matter of time before the proposal is revived and the dialogue begins again."--JSTOR website (viewed April 13, 2017)
Encyclopedia of the American presidency( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 1,425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains 1,011 articles by 335 contributors from all regions of the country, representing many disciplines and institutions, captures the origin, evolution, and constant unfolding of the American presidency
President and Congress; power and policy by Louis Fisher( Book )

18 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Constitution and 9/11 : recurring threats to America's freedoms by Louis Fisher( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Constitution and 9/11 provides a comprehensive, striking, and disturbing analysis of executive misuse of power that is made all the more compelling by placing it in a rich and fascinating historical contest. No better book is available for placing post-9/11 government actions in the matrix of history and explaining how executive power has degraded the Constitution and citizen rights."--William G. Weaver--Back cover
Nazi saboteurs on trial : a military tribunal and American law by Louis Fisher( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although huge in scope and impact, the 9/11 attacks were not the first threat by foreign terrorists on American soil. During World War II, eight Germans landed on our shores in 1942 bent on sabotage. Caught before they could carry out their missions, under FDR's presidential proclamation they were hauled before a secret military tribunal and found guilty. Meeting in an emergency session, the Supreme Court upheld the tribunal's authority. Justice was swift: six of the men were put to death - a sentence much more harsh than would have been allowed in a civil trial." "Louis Fisher chronicles the capture, trial, and punishment of the Nazi saboteurs in order to examine the extent to which procedural rights are suspended in time of war. One of America's leading constitutional scholars, Fisher analyzes the political, legal, and administrative context of the Supreme Court decision Ex parte Quirin (1942). He reconstructs a rush to judgment that has striking relevance to current events by considering the reach of the law in trials conducted against wartime enemies."--Jacket
American constitutional law by Louis Fisher( Book )

52 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Military tribunals and presidential power : American Revolution to the war on terrorism by Louis Fisher( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows that the breadth of presidential power in time of war comes at the cost of legislative and judicial control--and that military tribunals represent a concentration of power in the executive branch that the United States would be quick to condemn in other countries. Although the use of military tribunals can be necessary and even effective in times of war, Fisher contends that these courts present a grave danger to open government and the separation of powers. Citing the constitutional provision vesting Congress with the authority to create tribunals, Fisher addresses the threats posed by the dramatic expansion of presidential power in time of war--and the meek efforts of Congress and the judiciary to curb it. Fisher cuts to the bone of today's controversies and sounds an alarm for maintaining the checks and balances we value as a nation. --From publisher description
Religious liberty in America : political safeguards by Louis Fisher( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Constitution between friends : Congress, the President, and the law by Louis Fisher( Book )

7 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political dynamics of constitutional law by Louis Fisher( Book )

23 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Congressional abdication on war and spending by Louis Fisher( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book will engage students of the governmental process and help them not only to understand the issues at stake in balance-of-power questions but also to learn how to conduct civic discussion and reasoned argument. In the end, Fisher advocates both a return to constitutional principle on the part of lawmakers and, especially, the education of citizens who will insist that Congress protect those principles."--Jacket
In the name of national security : unchecked presidential power and the Reynolds case by Louis Fisher( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In light of the Bush administration's continued use of Reynolds to justify its post-9/11 claims to unilateral authority, Fisher's work could not be more timely."--Jacket
On appreciating Congress : the people's branch by Louis Fisher( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explains why Congress is the indispensable institution for safeguarding popular, democratic, and constitutional government. Even though its record over the past two centuries presents a mixed picture, the record of the other two branches is also decidedly mixed. The author has worked for Congress for the past four decades and writes from a perspective that intimately understands its shortcomings while appreciating its strengths. He contends that portraying Congress as so inherently inept that it must be kept subordinate to presidential or judicial power is misguided and uninformed. The Constitution looks to Congress as the first branch because it is the institution through which citizens at the local and state level engage in self-government. Although Presidents claim to be the national representative, they cannot substitute for the knowledge and legitimacy brought by members of Congress. Congress, after all, is the people's branch and this book restores it to its rightful claim
Congress : protecting individual rights by Louis Fisher( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When asked which branch of government protects citizens' rights, we tend to think of the Supreme Court--stepping in to defend gay rights, for example, in the recent same-sex marriage case. But as constitutional scholar Louis Fisher reveals in his new book, this would be a mistake--and not just because a decision like the gay marriage ruling can be decided by the opinion of a single justice. Rather, we tend to judge the executive and judicial branches idealistically, while taking a more realistic view of the legislative, with its necessarily messier and more transparent workings. In Congress, Fisher highlights these biases as he measures the record of the three branches in protecting individual rights and finds that Congress, far more than the president or the Supreme Court, has defended the rights of blacks, women, children, Native Americans, and religious liberty. After reviewing the constitutional principles that apply to all three branches of government, Fisher conducts us through a history of struggles over individual rights, showing how the court has frequently failed at many critical junctures where Congress has acted to protect rights. He identifies changes in the balance of power over time--a post World War II transformation that has undermined the system of checks and balances the Framers designed to protect individuals in their aspiration for self-government. Without a strong, independent Congress, this book reminds us, our system would operate with two elected officers in the executive branch and none in the judiciary, a form of government best described as elitist--and one no one would deem democratic. In light of the history that unfolds here--and in view of a Congress widely decried as dysfunctional--Fisher proposes reforms that would strengthen not only the legislative branch's role in protecting individual rights under the Constitution, but also its standing in the democracy it serves."--Provided by publisher
Supreme Court expansion of presidential power : unconstitutional leanings by Louis Fisher( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the fourth of the Federalist Papers, published in 1787, John Jay warned of absolute monarchs who "will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by it." More than two centuries later, are single executives making unilateral decisions any more trustworthy? And have the checks on executive power, so critical in the Founders' drafting of the Constitution, held? These are the questions Louis Fisher pursues in this book. By examining the executive actions of American presidents, particularly after World War II, Fisher reveals how the Supreme Court, through errors and abdications, has expanded presidential power in external affairs beyond constitutional boundaries and damaged the nation's system of checks and balances. Supreme Court Expansion of Presidential Power reviews the judicial record from 1789 to the present day to show how the balance of power has shifted over time. For nearly a century and a half, the Supreme Court did not indicate a preference for which of the two elected branches should dominate in the field of external affairs. But from the mid-thirties a pattern clearly emerges, with the Court regularly supporting independent presidential power in times of "emergency," or issues linked to national security. The damage this has done to democracy and constitutional government is profound, Fisher argues. His evidence extends beyond external affairs to issues of domestic policy, such as impoundment of funds, legislative vetoes, item-veto authority, presidential immunity in the Paula Jones case, recess appointments, and the Obama administration's immigration initiatives. Fisher identifies contemporary biases that have led to an increase in presidential power--including Supreme Court misconceptions and errors, academic failings, and mistaken beliefs about "inherent powers" and "unity of office." Calling to account the forces tasked with protecting our democracy from the undue exercise of power by any single executive, his deeply informed book sounds a compelling alarm. "--
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Constitutional dialogues : interpretation as political process
The democratic constitutionPresidential war powerThe politics of shared power : Congress and the executiveConstitutional dialogues : interpretation as political processEncyclopedia of the American presidencyThe Constitution and 9/11 : recurring threats to America's freedomsNazi saboteurs on trial : a military tribunal and American lawAmerican constitutional law
Alternative Names
Fischer, Louis

Fisher, L.

Fisher, Louis G. 1934-

لويس فيشر، 1934-

English (347)