Presidential Pardon Power: Discretion, Disuse, and Mass Media Coverage

by Morris, Mark Howard

Abstract (Summary)
Despite a constitutional foundation and relatively active use until recent years, presidential pardon power remains a little studied and poorly understood executive power. This dissertation seeks to partially remedy this void in the literature with a systematic analysis of the power to pardon. In addition, presidential pardon power has fallen into a state of near disuse in the last two decades. Can factors be identified that explain this trend towards disuse of presidential pardon power? Might these or similar factors then have the potential of affecting the use of other presidential powers? Put another way, are the factors influencing the use or disuse of the pardon power transferable to other presidential powers?
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:president pardon power discretion mass media


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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