Taftian theory

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Taftian theory (also "Whig" theory)[1] is a political term in the United States referring to a strict constructionist view regarding presidential power and the United States Constitution, where a president's power is limited to those powers specifically enumerated by the Constitution.[2][3]

Taftian Theory was coined after the governing style of the 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft. Most presidents prior to Franklin D Roosevelt subscribed to this theory, as where more recent presidents subscribe to a stewardship theory.[3]


  1. ^ Michael J. Korzi (2003) Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 33. Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers: A Reconsideration of William Howard Taft's "Whig" Theory of Presidential Leadership
  2. ^ http://www.dound.com/school/gov/Ch8Terms.htm
  3. ^ a b http://www.accd.edu/sac/gov/alfaro/executive.htm

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