The Presidency in a Separated System / Edition 1

The Presidency in a Separated System / Edition 1

by Charles O. Jones
     
 

Popular interpretations of American government tend to center on the presidency. Successes and failures of government are often attributed to presidents themselves. But, though the White House stands as a powerful symbol of government, the United States has a separated system intentionally designed to distribute power, not to concentrate it. Charles O. Jones explains… See more details below

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Popular interpretations of American government tend to center on the presidency. Successes and failures of government are often attributed to presidents themselves. But, though the White House stands as a powerful symbol of government, the United States has a separated system intentionally designed to distribute power, not to concentrate it. Charles O. Jones explains that focusing exclusively on the presidency can lead to a seriously distorted picture of how the national government works. The role of the president varies widely, depending on his resources, advantages, and strategic position. Public expectations often far exceed the president's personal, political, institutional, or constitutional capacities for achievement. Jones explores how presidents find their place in the permanent government and how they are "fitted in" by others, most notably those on Capitol Hill. This book shows how a separated system of government works under the circumstances created by the Constitution and encouraged by a two-party system. Jones examines the organizational challenges facing presidents, their public standing and what it means, presidential agendas and mandates, and lawmaking - how it works, where the president fits in, and how it varies from issue to issue. He compares the post-World War II presidents and identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each in working within the separated system. Jones proposes a view of government that accepts divided government as a legitimate, even productive, form of decisionmaking and emphasizes the varying strategies available to presidents for governing. He concludes with a number of important lessons for presidents and advice on how to make the separatedsystem work better.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815747093
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Perspectives on the presidency1
2Presidents and the presidency35
3Organizing to govern in the separated system66
4Public standing of the president128
5Presidents, mandates, and agendas177
6Presidents and lawmaking in a separated system221
7Making laws254
8Thinking about change339

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