The return to ‘crown government’

Americans overthrew a crown government with the successful Revolutionary War in the late 18th century. But George Mason University law professor Frank Buckley argues that we’re returning to a crown government today as the president exercises an increasing amount of power.

Buckley discussed that argument and his new book, The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America, during a presentation today to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clip below, Buckley discusses one disturbing way in which a presidential system differs from a parliamentary system.

2:05 p.m. update: Click play below to watch the full 48:26 event.

You’ll find other John Locke Foundation video presentations here.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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