The Presidency and the Political System

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Cq Pr

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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.

Author Biography

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

Prefacep. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Approaches to the Presidency
The Two Constitutional Presidenciesp. 1
Studying the Presidency: Why Presidents Need Political Scientistsp. 34
Elements of Presidential Power
The Presidency in the Eye of the Stormp. 68
Presidential Competencep. 108
The Psychological Presidencyp. 142
Presidential Selection
The Presidency and the Nominating Process: Politics and Powerp. 167
The Faulty Premises of the Electoral Collegep. 192
Presidents and Politics
The Presidential Spectaclep. 210
The Presidency and the Press: The Paradox of the White House Communications Warp. 236
The Presidency and Interest Groups: Allies, Adversaries, and Policy Leadershipp. 264
The Presidency and Political Partiesp. 295
Presidents and Government
The Institutional Presidencyp. 341
The Presidency and the Bureaucracy: The Levers of Presidential Controlp. 367
The President and Congressp. 401
The Presidency and the Judiciaryp. 435
The Presidency and Unilateral Power: A Taxonomyp. 463
The Presidency at War: Unchecked Power, Uncertain Leadershipp. 489
The Vice Presidency: Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, and the New Vice Presidencyp. 509
Indexp. 535
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