The American Presidency

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-07-06
  • Publisher: Cq Pr

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Starting from the inception of the office, The American Presidency examines the constitutional precepts of the presidency and the social, economic, political, and international factors that have continued to shape it ever since. In this revised and updated sixth edition, Milkis and Nelson update all chapters in light of new scholarship and include the end of Bush's tenure, and in a new chapter, explore Obama's first two years in office.Each presidency is treated succinctly, with attention to how individual presidents shaped the executive, conveying a developmental arc of the modern presidency. By emphasizing patterns of presidential conduct, this award-winning book offers perspective on the expansion of presidential powers over the years.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
The Constitutional Conventionp. 1
Antecedentsp. 2
The Constitutional Conventionp. 8
Creating the Presidencyp. 27
The Making of the Presidency: An Overviewp. 27
Number of the Executivep. 30
Selection and Successionp. 32
Term of Officep. 35
Removalp. 36
Institutional Separation from Congressp. 39
Enumerated Powersp. 41
The Vice Presidencyp. 55
Ratifying the Constitutionp. 59
Bringing the Constitutional Presidency to Life: George Washington and John Adamsp. 70
The Election of George Washingtonp. 71
Making the Presidency Safe for Democracyp. 73
Forming the Executive Branchp. 75
Presidential ˘Supremacy÷ and the Conduct of the Executive Branchp. 77
Presidential Nonpartisanship and the Beginning of Party Conflictp. 80
Washington's Retirement and the Jay Treaty: The Constitutional Crisis of 1796p. 87
The 1796 Electionp. 90
The Embattled Presidency of John Adamsp. 91
The Alien and Sedition Actsp. 94
The Triumph of Jeffersonianismp. 100
The ˘Revolution÷ of 1800p. 101
Jefferson's War with the Judiciaryp. 104
The Democratic-Republican Program and the Adjustment to Powerp. 105
The Limits of ˘Popular÷ Leadershipp. 109
The Twelfth Amendmentp. 111
Jefferson's Mixed Legacyp. 112
The Presidency of James Madison and the Rise of the House of Representativesp. 113
The Presidencies of James Monroe and John Quincy Adamsp. 117
The Age of Jacksonp. 126
Jacksonian Democracyp. 127
The Rise of the Party Conventionp. 130
Jackson's Struggle with Congressp. 131
The Aftermath of the Bank Vetop. 133
The Decline of the Cabinetp. 134
The Limits of the Jacksonian Presidencyp. 136
Martin Van Buren and the Panic of 1837p. 139
The Jacksonian Presidency Sustainedp. 140
John Tyler and the Problem of Presidential Successionp. 143
The Presidency of James K. Polkp. 145
The Slavery Controversy and the Twilight of the Jacksonian Presidencyp. 150
The Presidency of Abraham Lincolnp. 158
Lincoln and the Slavery Controversyp. 160
The Election of 1860p. 162
Lincoln and Secessionp. 164
Lincoln's Wartime Measuresp. 166
The Emancipation Proclamationp. 170
The Election of 1864p. 173
Lincoln's Legacyp. 176
The Reaction against Presidential Power: Andrew Johnson to William McKinleyp. 181
Reconstruction and the Assault on Executive Authorityp. 183
The Impeachment of Andrew Johnsonp. 188
Ulysses S. Grant and the Abdication of Executive Powerp. 189
The Fight to Restore Presidential Powerp. 195
Congressional Government and the Prelude to a More Active Presidencyp. 205
Progressive Politics and Executive Power: The Presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilsonp. 218
Theodore Roosevelt and the Expansion of Executive Powerp. 219
The Troubled Presidency of William Howard Taftp. 234
Progressive Politics and the Elections of 1912p. 240
Woodrow Wilson's Theory of Executive Leadershipp. 243
Wilson and Party Reformp. 245
The Art of Popular Leadershipp. 245
Wilson's Relations with Congressp. 247
Wilson as World Leaderp. 250
The Triumph of Conservative Republicanismp. 265
The Harding Erap. 267
The ˘Silent÷ Politics of Calvin Coolidgep. 275
Herbert C. Hoover and the Great Depressionp. 278
The Twentieth Amendmentp. 283
The Consolidation of the Modern Presidency: Franklin D. Roosevelt to Dwight D. Eisenhowerp. 288
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Modern Presidencyp. 289
The Modern Presidency Sustainedp. 307
Personalizing the Presidencyp. 333
John F. Kennedy and the Rise of the ˘Personal Presidency÷p. 334
Lyndon B. Johnson and Presidential Governmentp. 341
The Twenty-Fifth Amendmentp. 348
The Presidency of Richard Nixonp. 351
Gerald R. Ford and the Post-Watergate Erap. 363
A President Named Jimmyp. 366
A Restoration of Presidential Power?p. 377
The Reagan Revolutionp. 377
Reagan's Legacy and the Accession of George H. W. Bushp. 391
The Bush Presidencyp. 397
Bill Clinton and the Modern Presidencyp. 410
The Election of 1992p. 411
The First Year of the Clinton Presidencyp. 414
The 1994 Elections and the Restoration of Divided Governmentp. 418
The Comeback Presidentp. 420
Balanced Budgets, Impeachment Politics, and the Limits of the Third Wayp. 426
George W. Bush and Unilateral Presidential Powerp. 437
The 2000 Electionp. 438
Bush v. Gorep. 440
The Early Months of the Bush Presidencyp. 442
September 11 and the War on Terrorismp. 445
An Expanded Presidencyp. 446
Bush and the Republican Partyp. 451
Courts and Partiesp. 456
Barack Obama and the Dilemma of Modern Presidential Leadershipp. 462
The 2008 Electionsp. 464
Ideology, Partisan Politics, and the Democratic Partyp. 465
The New Foundation and Partisan Rancorp. 469
Obama, Partisanship, and the War on Terrorismp. 473
Obama and the Administrative Presidencyp. 475
The 2010 Midterm Electionsp. 478
Barack Obama, the Modern Presidency, and American Democracyp. 479
The Vice Presidencyp. 486
The Founding Periodp. 487
The Vice Presidency in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 490
Theodore Roosevelt to Harry S. Trumanp. 493
The Modern Vice Presidencyp. 497
Conclusionp. 510
Appendixp. 515
Constitution of the United Statesp. 517
U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidentsp. 536
Summary of Presidential Elections, 1789-2008p. 539
Indexp. 549
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