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Presidential Signing Statements Research Guide

This guide is a starting point for researching presidential signing statements and their significance in the U.S. legal system.

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  • "Form over Accountability: Executive Privilege, Signing Statements, and the Illusion of Law," in Peter M. Shane, Madison's Nightmare: How Executive Power Threatens American Democracy (2009).JK516 .S435 2009.
  • "The Power to Ignore the Law: Signing Statements," in James P. Pfiffner, Power Play: The Bush Presidency and the Constitution (2008). JK516 .P49 2008.
  • "The Signing Statement as De Facto Item Veto," in Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Presidents Creating the Presidency: Deeds Done in Words (2008). PN239.P64 C36 2008.
  • Christopher S. Kelley, "The Significance of the Presidential Signing Statement," in Christopher S. Kelley, editor, Executing the Constitution: Putting the President Back into the Constitution (2006). JK511 .E93 2006.
  • Christopher S. Kelley, The Unitary Executive and the Presidential Signing Statement (2003) (unpublished doctoral dissertation).
  • "Presidential Signing Statements: A Different Kind of Line Item Veto," in Philip J. Cooper, By Order of the President: The Use and Abuse of Executive Direct Action (2002). KF5053 .C578 2002.
  • "Signing Statements: Introduction," in Christopher N. May, Presidential Defiance of "Unconstitutional" Laws: Reviving the Royal Prerogative (1998). KF5065 .M39 1998.
  • "Signing Statements: Acquiescence, Avoidance, and Compliance," in Christopher N. May,Presidential Defiance of "Unconstitutional" Laws: Reviving the Royal Prerogative (1998). KF5065 .M39 1998.
  • "Signing Statements: Noncompliance," in Christopher N. May, Presidential Defiance of "Unconstitutional" Laws: Reviving the Royal Prerogative (1998). KF5065 .M39 1998.
  • "Striking Down or Revising Laws: Signing Statements in the Bush Presidency," in Charles Tiefer,The Semi-Sovereign Presidency: The Bush Administration's Strategy for Governing without Congress(1994). E881 .T54 1994.