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President and Congress: Collaboration and Combat in National Policymaking / Edition 2
     

President and Congress: Collaboration and Combat in National Policymaking / Edition 2

by Lance T. LeLoup
 

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ISBN-10: 0321100417

ISBN-13: 2900321100411

Pub. Date: 07/11/2002

Publisher: Pearson

With the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, followed by the 1994 Republican takeover in Congress, and the reelection of both in 1996, presidential-congressional relations have been anything but dull. A variant of divided government -- Democratic president/Republican Congress -- unimaginable only a decade before, has provided new opportunities to examine the

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With the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, followed by the 1994 Republican takeover in Congress, and the reelection of both in 1996, presidential-congressional relations have been anything but dull. A variant of divided government -- Democratic president/Republican Congress -- unimaginable only a decade before, has provided new opportunities to examine the conventional wisdom about national policymaking. Not in the modern era has a Congress attempted to lead national government as much as the 104th Congress did in 1995-96. Yet Clinton's political revival only a year later reminds political scientists of the necessity to look systematically for long term forces and trends. Within this framework, the cases and analysis in this book can help to increase our understanding of the fascinating and crucial policy relationship between the president and Congress. The book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced view of the collaborative efforts of two major branches of national government in making public policy. The authors, one a presidential scholar and the other a congressional scholar, view the two branches as coequals in policymaking and examine four patterns of policymaking: presidential leadership, congressional leadership, consensus/cooperation, and deadlock/ extraordinary resolution. They also evaluate policy results in the areas of foreign policy, civil rights, economic and budget policy, and social. Including the most recent research on Congress, the president, and divided government, the book reflects the important changes of the 1990s. Policymakers, political scientists, professionals in both the public and private sectors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900321100411
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
07/11/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

1. Patterns of Policymaking: Partners or Partisans?
Perspectives on Legislative and Executive Power.
Partisan Control and Divided Government.
Examining Policymaking.
Determinants of Policymaking Patterns.
Consequences of Presidential-Congressional Policymaking.

2. The Constitution and Shared Governance.
Prelude to Constitution Making.
Shaping Legislative and Executive Branches.
Policymaking Patterns in the Early Republic.
Policymaking Patterns from the Jackson Era to the Civil War.
Policymaking Patterns from Reconstruction to the Depression.
Policymaking Patterns in the Modern Era.
The Impact of the Courts: Legislative-Executive Power.

3. The Presidency and Policymaking.
The Potential for Presidential Leadership.
Presidential Institutions.
The Presidential Agenda.
The Legislative Records of Modern Presidents.

4. Congress and Policymaking.
The Potential for Congressional Leadership.
Elections and the Political Environment.
Congressional Institutions.
Committees, Party Leaders and the Policy Agenda.

5. Foreign Policy.
The Evolution of U.S. Foreign Policy.
The New International Environment.
Making Foreign Policy.
Presidential Dominance: The Persian Gulf War (1991).
Congressional Dominance: Cuban Sanctions Legislation (1996).
Consensus/Cooperation: The Panama Canal Treaties (1978).
Deadlock/Extraordinary Resolution: Aid to the Nicaraguan Contras (1982-89).

6. Civil Rights Policy.
The Evolution of Civil RightsPolicy.
The Environment for Civil Rights Policy.
Making Civil Rights Policy.
Presidential Leadership: The Anti-terrorism (Patriot) Act (2001).
Congressional Leadership: The Civil Rights Restoration Act (1988).
Cooperation/Consensus: Same Sex Marriage Law (1996).
Deadlock/Extraordinary Resolution: The Civil Rights Act (1991).

7. Economic and Budget Policy.
The Evolution of of U.S. Economic and Budget Policy.
The Environment for Economic and Budget Policy.
Making Economic and Budget Policy.
Presidential Leadership: The Tax Cut (2001).
Congressional Leadership: The Shareholder Lawsuits Bill (1995).
Consensus/Cooperation: The Tax Reform Act (1986).
Deadlock/Extraordinary Resolution: The Balanced Budget Standoff (1995-96).

8. Social Welfare Policy.
The Evolution of Social Welfare Policy.
The Environment for Social Welfare Policy.
Making Social Welfare Policy.
Presidential Leadership: The Economic Opportunity Act (1964).
Congressional Leadership: Catastrophic Health Care Insurance (1988-1989).
Cooperation/Consensus: Comprehensive Welfare Reform (1996).
Deadlock/Extraordinary Resolution: The Social Security Bailout (1983).

9. Patterns and Consequences: Can Presidential-Congressional Policymaking Be Improved?
Presidential Leadership.
Congressional Leadership.
Consensus/Cooperation.
Deadlock/Extraordinary Resolution.
Can Presidential-Congressional Policymaking Be Improved?

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