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Fisher, Louis

Works: 162 works in 530 publications in 1 language and 24,607 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  Biography  Trials, litigation, etc  History  Textbooks 
Roles: Other, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: JK305, 320.473
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Most widely held works by Louis Fisher
Constitutional conflicts between Congress and the President by Louis Fisher ( Book )
35 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The politics of shared power : Congress and the executive by Louis Fisher ( Book )
19 editions published between 1981 and 1998 in English and held by 2,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presidential war power by Louis Fisher ( Book )
20 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 2,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fisher chronicles the expansion of the president's power to make war
Encyclopedia of the American presidency ( Book )
15 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 1,613 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
The democratic constitution by Neal Devins ( )
13 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this fascinating debunking of judicial supremacy, Devins and Fisher argue that nonjudicial contributions to constitutional interpretation make the Constitution more stable, more consistent with constitutional principles, and more protective of individual and minority rights. This highly readable narrative of how the Court and elected officials work in concert with the American people to shape constitutional values is an impressive affirmation of public participation in the political process
Presidential spending power by Louis Fisher ( Book )
16 editions published between 1970 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American constitutional law by Louis Fisher ( Book )
59 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Constitution and 9/11 : recurring threats to America's freedoms by Louis Fisher ( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,062 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
President and Congress; power and policy by Louis Fisher ( Book )
16 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 1,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nazi saboteurs on trial : a military tribunal and American law by Louis Fisher ( Book )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 924 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."--BOOK JACKET
Constitutional dialogues : interpretation as political process by Louis Fisher ( Book )
8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Military tribunals and presidential power : American Revolution to the war on terrorism by Louis Fisher ( Book )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Constitution between friends : Congress, the President, and the law by Louis Fisher ( Book )
6 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Religious liberty in America : political safeguards by Louis Fisher ( Book )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Congressional abdication on war and spending by Louis Fisher ( Book )
7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The balance of powers among the branches of government is the defining structure of American democracy. The Founders assumed each branch would jealously guard its own prerogatives to prevent tyrannical power. Were they wrong?" "For thirty years Fisher has observed, informed, and even influenced Congress from his position in the Congressional Research Service. As a scholar, he has studied and published several important books on the separation of powers. Now, for the first time, he not only summarizes the well-informed observations of a distinguished career but also analyzes the reasons for this congressional failure of will and advocates practical ways to redress the balance."
Political dynamics of constitutional law by Louis Fisher ( Book )
18 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the name of national security : unchecked presidential power and the Reynolds case by Louis Fisher ( Book )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On appreciating Congress : the people's branch by Louis Fisher ( Book )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 405 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
The politics of executive privilege by Louis Fisher ( Book )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For over 200 years, Congress and the President have locked horns on an issue that will not, and cannot, go away: legislative access to executive branch information. Presidents and their advisers often claim that the sought-for information is covered by the doctrine of executive privilege and other principles that protect confidentiality among presidential advisers. For its part, Congress will articulate persuasive reasons why legislative access is crucial. In terms of constitutional principles, these battles are largely a standoff, and court decisions in this area are interesting but hardly dispositive. What usually breaks the deadlock is a political decision: the determination of lawmakers to use the coercive tools available to them, and political calculations by the executive branch whether a continued battle risks heavy and intolerable losses for the President. Moreover, both branches are at the mercy of political developments that can come around the corner without warning and tilt the advantage decisively to one side." "Executive-legislative clashes over information are generally seen as a confrontation between two branches, yielding a winner and a loser. It is more than that. Congressional access represents part of the framers' belief in representative government. When lawmakers are unable (or unwilling) to obtain executive branch information needed for congressional deliberations, the loss extends to the public, democracy, and constitutional government. The system of checks and balances and separation of powers are essential to protect individual rights and liberties."--BOOK JACKET
Defending Congress and the Constitution by Louis Fisher ( Book )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The culmination of four decades of research and service on behalf of Congress, Louis Fisher's latest work is a fitting capstone to a remarkable career as scholar and writer and presents his most articulate, passionate, and persuasive defense yet of Congress as an institution. Our nation's leading authority on the separation of powers, Fisher offers a lucid primer on our nation's government and its executive, legislative, and judicial branches while vigorously advocating a robust reassertion of Congress's rightful role within that system. Drawing on a wide range of legislation, Supreme Court rulings, and presidential decisions, Fisher illuminates the contentious contest among the three major branches for power and control of government, presents a panorama of American history, and touches on issues as wide-ranging as federalism, religious freedom, and national security policy. Fisher is especially critical of the stereotypical view of the Supreme Court's decisions as possessing a kind of effectiveness and absolute finality that transcends the efforts and powers of Congress. Indeed, he argues that Congress, as much or more than the judiciary, has had a major positive impact on protecting individual rights in this country, while the judiciary has fallen short in such areas as child labor regulation and compulsory flag salute--or has attempted to settle a constitutional issue only to have it fester for years, breeding anger and resentment, until the political process forces the courts rethink their views. He highlights legislative accomplishments in many areas, often in the face of judicial opposition and obstruction, but also chides Congress for not protecting its key prerogatives over the power of the purse and going to war. In yielding to other branches, Fisher warns, lawmakers fail to represent their constituents and cripple the very system of checks and balances the Framers counted on to limit the destructive capacity of government. His book offers a wealth of forceful insights and provides an important reminder of and guide to how our government should really work"--Provided by publisher
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Alternative Names
Fischer, Louis
Fisher, L.
Fisher, Louis G. 1934-
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