9780521720434

The American Presidency: An Analytical Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521720434

  • ISBN10:

    0521720435

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/23/2010
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

Presidential scholars increasingly turn to science to address the fundamental issues in the field, but undergraduates are rarely taught the skills to do the same. The American Presidency introduces students to new insights produced by the scientific study of the presidency and the scientific endeavor itself. After chapters on the scientific study of the presidency and background information on the presidency, the text discusses prominent theories of presidential power. Chapters on presidential elections, the president's relationship with other political actors (such as Congress and the Supreme Court), the president's role in foreign and economic policy, and presidential greatness include guided research exercises that provide students with the opportunity to apply the scientific method to empirical questions with significant theoretical content. The American Presidency provides students with the opportunity to learn about the presidency and enables them to draw their own reasoned conclusions about the nature of presidential power.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Science and the Study of the Presidencyp. 18
The Presidency: Background and Foundationsp. 56
Theories of Presidential Powerp. 88
Electing a Presidentp. 133
Congress and the Presidentp. 154
The Supreme Court and the Presidentp. 173
The President and the Executive Branchp. 190
The President and Foreign Policy Makingp. 204
The President and Economic Policy Makingp. 216
Presidential Greatnessp. 235
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 267
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