The Modern Presidency

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-25
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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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

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
About the Authorp. xvii
The Presidency: Origins and Powersp. 1
Origins of the Presidencyp. 6
Powers of the Presidentp. 10
Presidential Powerp. 12
Notesp. 15
The President and the Publicp. 18
Nominating the Presidentp. 19
Presidential Electionsp. 26
The General Electionp. 26
Problematic Electionsp. 32
The 2000 Electionp. 34
Electoral College Reform?p. 36
Third-Party Presidential Candidatesp. 41
Electoral Trendsp. 43
The Media, Public Opinion, and the Permanent Campaignp. 45
Presidents and the Mediap. 45
Public Opinionp. 49
Conclusionp. 53
Notesp. 53
The White House Staff and Organizationp. 56
Roosevelt and Truman: Laying the Foundationsp. 57
Eisenhower Institutionalizes the White Housep. 60
Kennedy and the Collegial Modelp. 63
Lyndon Johnson's One-Man Showp. 66
Nixon's Tight Hierarchyp. 67
Ford's and Carter's Lessonsp. 69
Reagan's Two Contrasting Termsp. 72
Bush's Pit Bullp. 77
Clinton's Three-Ring Circusp. 81
George W. Bush and Cheney's Shadowp. 84
The Obama White House and Its Czardomsp. 88
Conclusionp. 91
Notesp. 93
The White House and the Executive Branchp. 97
White House Staff and the Executive Office of the Presidentp. 98
The President's Cabinetp. 101
Cabinet Secretaries Versus the White House Staffp. 110
Reorganizationp. 114
Political Appointmentsp. 116
The Executive Branch Bureaucracyp. 122
Conclusionp. 125
Notesp. 127
The President and Congressp. 131
Constitutional Fundamentalsp. 131
Veto Powerp. 134
Signing Statementsp. 138
The President as Legislative Leaderp. 141
The Political Fundamentalsp. 144
Presidential Skillsp. 147
Cases of Presidential Leadership of Congressp. 152
Kennedy and the House Rules Committee: Behind-the-Scenes Leadershipp. 152
LBJ's Activist Approach: The 1964 Civil Rights Actp. 154
Richard Nixon: The Politics of Confrontationp. 156
Jimmy Carter: The Moral Equivalent of Warp. 159
Ronald Reagan: The FY1982 Budget Juggernautp. 162
Clinton and Two Congresses: A Study in Contrastp. 164
President George W. Bush and Congress: Contrasting Mandatesp. 168
The Presidency and a Polarized Congressp. 175
The Roots of Congressional Polarizationp. 176
The Consequences of Partisan Polarizationp. 177
Conclusionp. 179
Notesp. 180
The President and National Securityp. 186
The War Powerp. 188
World War IIp. 190
Koreap. 190
Vietnamp. 191
The War Powers Resolution of 1973p. 192
The Persian Gulf Warp. 194
Other Constitutional Powersp. 196
The National Security Council Dominates the Executive Branchp. 199
Presidential Leadership and Crisis Decision Makingp. 205
Two Decisions on Vietnam: Eisenhower and Johnsonp. 205
Two Decisions on Cuba: Kennedy's Lessonsp. 207
Two Decisions on Iran: Carter and Reaganp. 210
President Bush: Two Wars Begun in Two Yearsp. 213
Did President Bush Mislead the Country in His Arguments for War with Iraq?p. 219
Conclusionp. 224
Notesp. 224
Presidential Greatness and Abuse of Powerp. 230
Corruption and Abuse of Powerp. 231
Watergatep. 233
Iran-Contrap. 237
President Clinton's Impeachment and Senate Trialp. 239
George W. Bush's Extraordinary Claims to Executive Powerp. 245
Suspending the Geneva Conventions and Torturep. 245
Suspending Habeas Corpusp. 246
Warrantless Electronic Surveillance by the National Security Agencyp. 246
Signing Statementsp. 247
The Unitary Executive Theoryp. 248
Presidential Greatness and Reputationp. 252
Conclusion: Public Expectations and the Presidencyp. 260
Notesp. 262
Presidents of the United Statesp. 266
The Constitution of the United States of America: Articles I and IIp. 268
Constitutional Amendments That Affect the Presidency: Amendments XII, XX, XXII, and XXVp. 275
Indexp. 278
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