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Presidential Privilege and the Freedom of Information Act

Kevin M. Baron


Executive privilege (EP) as a political tool has created a grey area of constitutional power between the legislative and executive branches. By focusing on the post-WWII political usage of executive privilege, this research utilizes a social learning perspective to examine the power dynamics between Congress and the president when it comes to government secrecy and public information. Social learning provides the framework to understand how the Cold War's creation of the modern American security state led to a paradigm shift in the executive branch. This shift altered the politics of the presi ... More

Keywords: President, Congress, Executive Privilege, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Policy, Social Learning, Issue Evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474442442
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474442442.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin M. Baron, author
University of Florida