The Trump presidency is at one and the same time unprecedented in certain of its attributes and yet fully reflective of enduring paradoxes of executive power in the American constitutional system. This course will put the current presidency in historical and theoretical context, drawing on a variety of readings and approaches. At its core, this class is about the problem of executive power in democratic government, not just in the United States, but around the world. Presidential power: we can't live with it; we can't live without it. How do we understand it and what might we do about it? That is, we will study and reflect not only on the details of what the presidency is in theory and practice, we will also consider how it (and other parts of the system) might be changed to overcome the problems of governance that have plagued the U.S.