The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency

The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency

by George C. Edwards III, William G. Howell
     
 

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As the central feature of the American political landscape, it is only natural that scholars and commentators focus on the presidency. So much is written about the subject, in fact, that it is often difficult to know where we stand in our understanding of it. The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency will help scholars assess the state of scholarship on the

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As the central feature of the American political landscape, it is only natural that scholars and commentators focus on the presidency. So much is written about the subject, in fact, that it is often difficult to know where we stand in our understanding of it. The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency will help scholars assess the state of scholarship on the presidency and the directions in which it needs to move. Never before has the academic literature on the American presidency received such an extended treatment. Nearly three dozen chapters critically assess both the major contributions to the literature on the dimension of the presidency and the ways in which the literature has developed. The authors of each chapter seek to identify weaknesses in the existing literature—be they logical flaws, methodological errors, oversights, or some combination therein—and to offer their views about especially productive lines of future inquiry. Equally important, the authors also identify areas of research that are unlikely to bear additional fruit. These chapters offer a distinctive point of view, an argument about the successes and failures of past scholarship, and a set of recommendations about how future work ought to develop. Thus, this volume will help set the agenda for research on the presidency for the next decade.

The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics is an eight-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of scholarship on American politics. Each volume focuses on a particular aspect of the field. The project is under the General Editorship of George C. Edwards III, and distinguished specialists in their respective fields edit each volume. The handbooks aim not just to report on the discipline, but also to shape it as scholars critically assess the current state of scholarship on a topic and propose directions in which it needs to move. The series is an indispensable reference for anyone working in American politics.

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"The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency is an outstanding intellectual enterprise. No student of the American chief executive can afford to be without this landmark work."—Fred I. Greenstein, Professor Emeritus of Politics, Princeton University

"Edwards and Howell have assembled an extraordinary set of authors for this handbook, making it one of the most important contributions to the study of the presidency in the last decade. Such collections do not make original research contributions, but when well done they consolidate existing knowledge in a manner that is helpful to students and faculty; they flag lacunae in existing research and suggest fruitful directions for new research. The contributors to this volume are the acknowledged experts on the topics about which they write. Every essay is as close to comprehensive as is possible...The handbook is critical for any serious presidential scholar and is an essential addition to any college or university library collection. Summing Up: Essential. All readership levels."—CHOICE

"The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics are a grandly ambitious undertaking. Success depends on coverage, scholarship, and editorial command. Measured by these standards, the Handbooks will be immensely valuable to the discipline. The right topics are analyzed by knowledgeable scholars and managed by experienced editors. A five-star project that will influence teaching and research for decades."—Charles O. Jones, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199604418
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/15/2011
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
896
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 2.00(d)

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