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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.
"The Modern Presidency is a fine book for covering the institutional presidency and providing historical context of the modern presidency....Perhaps most important, The Modern Presidency is built on a foundation of scholarship but updated with more journalistic accounts interpreted by Pfiffner, who integrates recent events into a long-standing framework." Wayne Steger, DePaul University
"Students who read this book will emerge with a working knowledge of the office and the tools to understand its evolving role and place in our nation....This book is a winner in every way!"David Gray Adler, Idaho State University
"The integration of detail into thematic chapters was impressive to me." -Julia R. Azari, Marquette University
Pfiffner (government and public policy, George Mason U.) portrays the presidency as being not so much the president himself, but the numerous people and institutions that support him. Concentrating on the era of the modern presidency (1933 to the present), he explains how what was once a small group of presidential advisors has grown into a large collection of bureaucracies, and how White House staffers have gradually replaced Cabinet secretaries as primary advisors to the president. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
James P. Pfiffner is a University Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He has also taught at the University of California, Riverside and California State University, Fullerton. He has written or edited ten books on the presidency, including THE STRATEGIC PRESIDENCY: HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING, 2nd Edition ( 1996) and THE CHARACTER FACTOR: HOW WE JUDGE AMERICA'S PRESIDENTS (2004). He has also published more than 80 articles and book chapters on the presidency, American government, and public management. As an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration, he has been a panel member or on project staffs of the National Commission on the Public Service (the Volcker Commission), the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency.
1. The Presidency: Origins and Powers. 2. The President and the Public. 3. The White House Staff and Organization. 4. The White House and Executive Branch. 5. The President and Congress. 6. The President and National Security. 7. Presidential Greatness and Abuse of Power.