Phillip Henderson

Phillip Henderson

About Phillip Henderson

Phillip G. Henderson is Chair of the Department of Politics at the Catholic University of America. He is the author of Managing the Presidency: The Eisenhower Legacy, and has edited the volume The Presidency Then and Now.

Marshall vs. Jefferson: Then and Now

By |2017-02-16T18:38:53-05:00December 25th, 2016|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Featured, Federalism, John Marshall, Politics, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays|

In sharp contrast to John Marshall’s elitist orientation—with its em­phasis on the primacy of the national government, and restraint of the excesses of democracy—Thomas Jefferson’s philosophy was at once populistic and highly individualistic... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Phillip Henderson as he examines the principles of government through the [...]

Marshall vs. Jefferson: Then and Now

By |2014-04-18T12:46:44-05:00September 1st, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, John Marshall, Supreme Court, Thomas Jefferson|Tags: |

Throughout the first decade of the American republic, competing claims regarding the proper interpretation of the Constitution and the application of its principles were confined primarily to the executive branch and Congress. The Supreme Court remained, for the most part, uninvolved in the resolution of constitutional ques­tions concerning the scope of authority of the [...]

The American Presidency: The Living Embodiment of the Nation

By |2017-12-18T23:52:20-05:00March 13th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Forrest McDonald|Tags: |

The American Presidency: An Intellectual History by Forrest McDonald (528 pages, University Press of Kansas, 1994) Forrest McDonald’s The American Presidency: An Intellectual History is a most impressive work. Few contemporary books in American politics reflect the careful and prodigious research, as well as the considerable breadth of knowledge and historical insight brought to bear [...]