Paradoxes of the American Presidency

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-06-30
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The new edition of The Paradoxes of the American Presidency--now with three prize-winning presidential scholars: Thomas E. Cronin, Michael A. Genovese and Meena Bose--explores the complex institution of the American presidency by presenting a series of paradoxes that shape and define the office. Rewritten and updated to reflect recent political events including the presidency of Barack Obama, the 2012 and 2014 elections (with greater emphasis on the importance of the Presidential midterm election), and the primary and presidential election of 2016, this must-read fifth edition incorporates findings from the latest scholarship, recent elections and court cases, and essential survey research.

Author Biography

Thomas E. Cronin is McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership at Colorado College and President Emeritus at Whitman College.

Michael A. Genovese is the Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Meena Bose is Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies at Hofstra University and Director of Hofstra's Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Presidential Paradoxes

Chapter 2 Evaluating Presidents

Chapter 3 Electing Presidents

Chapter 4 Presidential Power and Leadership

Chapter 5 The Presidential Job Description in a System of Shared Powers

Chapter 6 Presidents and Congress

Chapter 7 Presidents as Chief Executives

Chapter 8 Presidents and the Court

Chapter 9 The Future of the American Presidency

Selected Bibliography


Presidential Election Results

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