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THE MODERN PRESIDENCY is a concise, accessible and sophisticated text that uses cases to illustrate important aspects of presidential action and decision-making. Written by a top scholar on the presidency, and thoroughly updated through the summer of 2009 to include the presidency of Barack Obama, the book looks at presidents as individuals and at the large institutions that make up the modern presidency.
Table of Contents
|About the Author||p. xvii|
|The Presidency: Origins and Powers||p. 1|
|Origins of the Presidency||p. 6|
|Powers of the President||p. 10|
|Presidential Power||p. 12|
|The President and the Public||p. 18|
|Nominating the President||p. 19|
|Presidential Elections||p. 26|
|The General Election||p. 26|
|Problematic Elections||p. 32|
|The 2000 Election||p. 34|
|Electoral College Reform?||p. 36|
|Third-Party Presidential Candidates||p. 41|
|Electoral Trends||p. 43|
|The Media, Public Opinion, and the Permanent Campaign||p. 45|
|Presidents and the Media||p. 45|
|Public Opinion||p. 49|
|The White House Staff and Organization||p. 56|
|Roosevelt and Truman: Laying the Foundations||p. 57|
|Eisenhower Institutionalizes the White House||p. 60|
|Kennedy and the Collegial Model||p. 63|
|Lyndon Johnson's One-Man Show||p. 66|
|Nixon's Tight Hierarchy||p. 67|
|Ford's and Carter's Lessons||p. 69|
|Reagan's Two Contrasting Terms||p. 72|
|Bush's Pit Bull||p. 77|
|Clinton's Three-Ring Circus||p. 81|
|George W. Bush and Cheney's Shadow||p. 84|
|The Obama White House and Its Czardoms||p. 88|
|The White House and the Executive Branch||p. 97|
|White House Staff and the Executive Office of the President||p. 98|
|The President's Cabinet||p. 101|
|Cabinet Secretaries Versus the White House Staff||p. 110|
|Political Appointments||p. 116|
|The Executive Branch Bureaucracy||p. 122|
|The President and Congress||p. 131|
|Constitutional Fundamentals||p. 131|
|Veto Power||p. 134|
|Signing Statements||p. 138|
|The President as Legislative Leader||p. 141|
|The Political Fundamentals||p. 144|
|Presidential Skills||p. 147|
|Cases of Presidential Leadership of Congress||p. 152|
|Kennedy and the House Rules Committee: Behind-the-Scenes Leadership||p. 152|
|LBJ's Activist Approach: The 1964 Civil Rights Act||p. 154|
|Richard Nixon: The Politics of Confrontation||p. 156|
|Jimmy Carter: The Moral Equivalent of War||p. 159|
|Ronald Reagan: The FY1982 Budget Juggernaut||p. 162|
|Clinton and Two Congresses: A Study in Contrast||p. 164|
|President George W. Bush and Congress: Contrasting Mandates||p. 168|
|The Presidency and a Polarized Congress||p. 175|
|The Roots of Congressional Polarization||p. 176|
|The Consequences of Partisan Polarization||p. 177|
|The President and National Security||p. 186|
|The War Power||p. 188|
|World War II||p. 190|
|The War Powers Resolution of 1973||p. 192|
|The Persian Gulf War||p. 194|
|Other Constitutional Powers||p. 196|
|The National Security Council Dominates the Executive Branch||p. 199|
|Presidential Leadership and Crisis Decision Making||p. 205|
|Two Decisions on Vietnam: Eisenhower and Johnson||p. 205|
|Two Decisions on Cuba: Kennedy's Lessons||p. 207|
|Two Decisions on Iran: Carter and Reagan||p. 210|
|President Bush: Two Wars Begun in Two Years||p. 213|
|Did President Bush Mislead the Country in His Arguments for War with Iraq?||p. 219|
|Presidential Greatness and Abuse of Power||p. 230|
|Corruption and Abuse of Power||p. 231|
|President Clinton's Impeachment and Senate Trial||p. 239|
|George W. Bush's Extraordinary Claims to Executive Power||p. 245|
|Suspending the Geneva Conventions and Torture||p. 245|
|Suspending Habeas Corpus||p. 246|
|Warrantless Electronic Surveillance by the National Security Agency||p. 246|
|Signing Statements||p. 247|
|The Unitary Executive Theory||p. 248|
|Presidential Greatness and Reputation||p. 252|
|Conclusion: Public Expectations and the Presidency||p. 260|
|Presidents of the United States||p. 266|
|The Constitution of the United States of America: Articles I and II||p. 268|
|Constitutional Amendments That Affect the Presidency: Amendments XII, XX, XXII, and XXV||p. 275|
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