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Updated in its 7thedition, Understanding the Presidencyprovides readers with a blend of classic and contemporary readings on the presidency to ground and expand their knowledge of the highest office in the land. The new edition gives readers the analytical tools needed to make sense of the modern presidency.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Constitutional Origins of the Presidencyp. 1
James Madison to Thomas Jeffersonp. 6
Federalist No. 69p. 7
Federalist No. 70p. 11
To the Citizens of the State of New Yorkp. 14
Reevaluating the Electoral Collegep. 18
Historical Perspectives on the Presidencyp. 34
The Strict Constructionist Presidencyp. 41
The Stewardship Presidencyp. 43
The Public Presidencyp. 45
The Prerogative Presidencyp. 48
The Presidency in the Political Orderp. 49
Selecting Presidents: Campaigns, Elections, and Mandatesp. 60
Nomination Politics, Party Unity, and Presidential Electionsp. 66
A High Speed Chase: Presidential Aspirants and the Nomination Processp. 84
The Changing Dynamics of Presidential Fundraising: From 2008 to an Early Look at the 2012 Electionp. 108
The Magnitude of the 2008 Democratic Victory: By the Numbersp. 127
The Myth of Presidential Mandatep. 137
Changing Tides: Public Opinion, Campaigns, and Governance, 2004-2012p. 147
The Public Presidency: Press, Media, and Public Approvalp. 165
The "Permanent Campaign"p. 169
Legislative Success and Political Failure: The Public's Reaction to Barak Obama's Early Presidencyp. 176
The Presidency and Image Management: Discipline in Pursuit of Illusionp. 200
The Presidential Pulpit: Bully or Baloney?p. 212
The Institutional Presidencyp. 222
The White House Staffp. 225
The President's Committee on Administrative Management (Brownlow Committee)
The Changing Presidential Officep. 227
Presidential Appointments and the Office of Presidential Personnelp. 238
The Administrative Presidency, Unilateral Power, and the Unitary Executive Theoryp. 248
The Separation of Powersp. 253
Presidential Relations with Congressp. 256
The Disappearing Political Centerp. 277
Presidents and the Judicial Appointments Processp. 282
The Tea Party at the Electionp. 292
Policy Leadershipp. 307
The Presidential "Hundred Days"p. 310
Obama Becomes President: Policy Development and Leadershipp. 315
Unilateral Powers: A Brief Overviewp. 327
Prerogative Power and the War on Terrorismp. 341
Decision Making in the Obama White Housep. 358
Commander-in-Chief and National Securityp. 378
Presidential Power in National Securityp. 381
Deference and Defiance: The Shifting Rhythms of Executive-Legislative Relations in Foreign Policyp. 396
Constraining Executive Power: George W. Bush and the Constitutionp. 413
The Commander in Chief and the Courtsp. 437
President Obama's War in Libyap. 447
Evaluating Presidents: Greatness and Abuse of Powerp. 458
Three Crises of Character in the Modern Presidencyp. 461
"If Men Were Angels...": Presidential Leadership and Accountabilityp. 476
Presidential Character and Judgment: Obama's Afghanistan and Health Care Decisionsp. 483
A New Imperial Presidency?p. 499
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