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Since the first edition published in 1984, The Presidency and the Political System has become the most widely assigned book in courses on the presidency.With its incisive and insightful original essays showcasing top-notch scholarship, it&BAD:rs"s no surprise that this volume has proven to be both enduring and indispensable. Joining revised, yet time-tested, essays that continue to explore the themes of presidential power and effectiveness, contributions by new authors Lyn Ragsdale, George C. Edwards III, Marc Landy, Joseph Pika, and Andrew Rudalevige complete the updating to reflect GeorgeW. Bush&BAD:rs"s second term, the 2008 elections, and Barack Obama&BAD:rs"s transition and early months as president.
Michael Nelson teaches courses on U.S. politics, the presidency, and the Constitutional Convention at Rhodes College. In addition, he participates in the college's humanities course: The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion. Before coming to Rhodes in 1991, he taught at Vanderbilt University for thirteen years and was editor of Washington Monthly. His most recent books are Debating the Presidency, 2nd ed. (with Richard J. Ellis); The Elections of 2008; The Evolving Presidency, 3rd ed.; The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2007, 5th ed. (with Sidney M. Milkis); Governing Gambling: Politics and Policy in State, Tribe, and Nation (with John Lyman Mason); and Celebrating the Humanities: A Half Century of the Search Course at Rhodes College.
Table of Contents
|Approaches to the Presidency|
|The Two Constitutional Presidencies||p. 1|
|Studying the Presidency: Why Presidents Need Political Scientists||p. 34|
|Elements of Presidential Power|
|The Presidency in the Eye of the Storm||p. 68|
|Presidential Competence||p. 108|
|The Psychological Presidency||p. 142|
|The Presidency and the Nominating Process: Politics and Power||p. 167|
|The Faulty Premises of the Electoral College||p. 192|
|Presidents and Politics|
|The Presidential Spectacle||p. 210|
|The Presidency and the Press: The Paradox of the White House Communications War||p. 236|
|The Presidency and Interest Groups: Allies, Adversaries, and Policy Leadership||p. 264|
|The Presidency and Political Parties||p. 295|
|Presidents and Government|
|The Institutional Presidency||p. 341|
|The Presidency and the Bureaucracy: The Levers of Presidential Control||p. 367|
|The President and Congress||p. 401|
|The Presidency and the Judiciary||p. 435|
|The Presidency and Unilateral Power: A Taxonomy||p. 463|
|The Presidency at War: Unchecked Power, Uncertain Leadership||p. 489|
|The Vice Presidency: Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, and the New Vice Presidency||p. 509|
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