Understanding the Presidency

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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Updated with new readings on the war in Iraq, the war on terror, the frontloaded nomination process, and President Bushrs"s place in history, the new edition of this popular reader gives students the analytical tools needed to make sense of the modern presidency and its relationship with other key players in our political system. The selections in this reader were chosen with two aims in mind: (1) to provide a historical perspective, so often neglected in similar texts, that explains how the events of the past two centuries led us to where we are today, and (2) to present the most important current issues that are shaping the Bush administration and the presidency more broadly. This collection of readings offers students a combination of "classic" scholarly analyses, the best of current scholarship, and engaging insights into the nature of the contemporary presidency.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Constitutional Origins of the Presidencyp. 1
James Madison to Thomas Jeffersonp. 6
Federalist No. 69p. 8
Federalist No. 70p. 11
To the Citizens of the State of New Yorkp. 14
Reevaluating the Electoral Collegep. 19
Historical Perspectives on the Presidencyp. 35
The Strict Constructionist Presidencyp. 42
The Stewardship Presidencyp. 44
The Public Presidencyp. 46
The Prerogative Presidencyp. 49
Toward a Modern Presidencyp. 51
The Presidency in the Political Orderp. 55
Selecting Presidents: Campaigns, Elections, and Mandatesp. 65
Nomination Politics, Party Unity, and Presidential Electionsp. 71
A High Speed Chase: Presidential Aspirants and the Nomination Processp. 88
Campaigning for Cash Amid Chaos?p. 111
The Presidential Election of 2000p. 128
The Presidential "Hundred Days"p. 136
The Myth of Presidential Mandatep. 141
Presidential Campaigning and Presidential Governance: The Case of 2004p. 151
The Public Presidency: Press, Media, and Public Approvalp. 167
The "Permanent Campaign"p. 172
The Press and the Presidencyp. 179
The Presidency and Image Management: Discipline in Pursuit of Illusionp. 190
The Presidential Pulpit: Bully or Baloney?p. 202
Presidential Persuasion and Press Coverage of the War in Iraqp. 211
The Institutional Presidencyp. 229
The White House Staffp. 232
Can the President Manage the Government?p. 234
The Changing Presidential Officep. 251
Presidential Appointments and the Office of Presidential Personnelp. 262
The Separation of Powersp. 273
Presidential Relations with Congressp. 276
The Disappearing Political Centerp. 294
Constraining Executive Power: George W. Bush and the Constitutionp. 299
Presidents and the Judicial Appointment Processp. 321
Policy Leadershipp. 331
The Hundred Daysp. 334
The Power to Persuadep. 341
Unilateral Powers: A Brief Overviewp. 347
Prerogative Power and the War on Terrorismp. 362
Commander-in-Chief and National Securityp. 381
Invitation to Struggle: The President, Congress, and National Securityp. 384
Deference and Defiance: The Shifting Rhythms of Executive-Legislative Relations in Foreign Policyp. 395
Iran-Contra: What Was Wrongp. 412
The Foreign Affairs Power and the Framers' Intentionsp. 424
The Commander in Chief and the Courtsp. 431
Condoleezza Rice as NSC Advisorp. 442
Evaluating Presidents: Greatness and Abuse of Powerp. 453
Three Crises of Character in the Modern Presidencyp. 456
"If Men Were Angels ....": Presidential Leadership and Accountabilityp. 473
The Worst President in History?p. 479
The Long Viewp. 490
A New Imperial Presidency?p. 494
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