Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations / Edition 4

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Overview

Rivals for Power is a lively description of the power struggle between the president and Congress. In it, leading congressional and presidential scholars and knowledgeable former public officials consider the historical, political, and constitutional foundations of conflict between the two branches. The authors give practical advice about how to build cooperative policymaking between the president and Congress as they struggle over major crises in solving economic problems and addressing domestic issues and the challenges in defense and foreign policy making. The book features original academic research and practitioner knowledge from the White House and the Hill. This fourth edition includes all new essays with unique and critical viewpoints on the role of the president and Congress in the policy making process. Many of the essays focus on lessons learned about cooperation and conflict between the two branches from the Clinton and Bush presidencies. The essays include preliminary analyses of President Barack Obama's relationship with Congress. Because the authors have made major contributions as congressional and presidential scholars, and have played key roles in Congress, in the White House, in the media, and as lobbyists, each chapter presents a different perspective. The new edition of Rivals for Power is intended for students, scholars, public officials, the media, and the general public.

Contributions by Gary Andres, Richard S. Conley, Roger H. Davidson, The Honorable Mickey Edwards, Louis Fisher, Patrick Griffin, The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton, Mark J. Oleszek, Walter J. Oleszek, John E. Owens, James P. Pfiffner, Mark J. Rozell, Andrew Rudalevige, BarbaraSinclair, Mitchel A. Sollenberger, James A. Thurber, Stephen J. Wayne, and Joseph White.

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Editorial Reviews

Norman Ornstein
This collection of smart, insightful essays by an impressive combination of Washington insiders and top political scholars gives a lively and penetrating view of the contemporary relationship between the presidency and congress. It is a terrific resource for students, researchers and political practitioners.
April 2010 CHOICE
Recommended.
Burdett A. Loomis
At the cusp of a new era in congressional-presidential relations, a new edition of Rivals for Power is a most welcome and timely arrival. Once again, James Thurber has collected an important set of essays that illuminate the complex relations between the president and Congress. Combining multiple perspectives, this distinguished group of congressional and presidential experts provides accessible analyses that will help students, scholars, and citizens sort out the relations between the White House and Capitol Hill.
David T. Canon
This excellent collection of essays by many of the leading scholars in the field provides a roadmap for understanding
Presidential/Congressional relations at the turn of the century. Using a variety of research approaches and covering a broad range of topics, these authors tackle the central problems of governing in an era of divided partisan control of Washington.
Susan Page
President Clinton's impeachment and the remarkable 2000 election underscore the continuing, complicated competition between the White House and Congress. James Thurber's Rivals for Power is written not only by those who study the history of Washington policy-making, but also those who helped create that history. Foreign policy negotiations are seen through the eyes of a former House Foreign Affairs chairman; federal spending by a former Budget director; building congressional alliances by a former top White House aide charged with doing just that. This insider's guide is thoughtful, readable, and sometimes surprising—an invaluable resource for scholars, students, journalists, C-SPAN addicts, and political junkies of all stripes.
Roger B. Porter
This outstanding collection of original essays provides genuine insights into the historical and current relationship of the President and Congress from both leading scholars and practitioners. Fresh, challenging, and filled with many gems this volume should be read by students and by policy makers on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Nelson W. Polsby
The newspapers and television news are filled with stories about gridlock and rivalry between Congress and the presidency. But only in good political science such as is practiced by James Thurber and his colleagues can readers see the historical, political, and constitutional foundations of conflict between the political branches and learn to appreciate the political skills that underpin cooperative policy-making in the American political system.
Jasmine Farrier
This collection illuminates and connects the policy, partisan, institutional, and constitutional conflicts that shape current inter-branch dynamics.
Richard J. Gelm
Thurber again brings together some of the finest research on presidential and congressional relations and provides an excellent assessment of the confrontational relationship between these contending government branches. Rich in historical and contemporary analysis, Rivals for Power is an essential text for courses on the Congress and the Presidency and for those seeking deeper insight into the partisan gridlock in Washington and practical recommendations for ways to achieve cooperation.
Robert D. Knight
Students in my Congress and the Presidency course have benefited greatly from James Thurber’s excellent edited volume on presidential-congressional relations. Each reading has stimulated critical thinking and led to engaging classroom discussions. The new Fifth Edition continues the book’s focus on recent scholarship in historical and constitutional perspective, all in accessible form for upper-division undergraduates while still valuable for graduate students. In the field of presidential-congressional relations, currency is essential for making the readings relevant to students. The new edition will have eleven new chapters from leading scholars of presidential-congressional relations, many of whom previously contributed to the Fourth Edition. Most of these new contributions focus on presidential-congressional relations during the Obama Administration. Professor Thurber adds to the new edition a valuable concluding chapter that brings the readings together with a focus on the need for reform. The Fifth Edition continues and improves on an essential resource for any course on presidential-congressional relations.
Inc. Book News
Fifteen chapters, presented by Thurber, explore the dynamics of presidential-congressional rivalry in the United States, largely focusing on the current moment and relations between President Obama and Congress, but mindful of historical precedents and comparative issues. Topics include Obama's first term legislative achievements, the impacts of political polarization of presidential-congressional relations, changes in executive branch size and organization in the 21st century, the impact of "political time" (the ways terms in office can define the makeup of congress over shorter or longer periods) on inter-branch relations, the impact of hyperpartisanship on Obama's relations with congressional party leaderships, the role of interest groups, the role of the media, the battle between Obama and the Congress over the federal budget, the politics of federal regulation, presidential-congressional relations in foreign policy, the congressional perspective on inter-branch relations, and the presidential use of unilateral action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742561427
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/16/2009
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government and founder and director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Presidential-Congressional Cooperation and Conflict Chapter 2 Partisan Polarization, Politics, and the Presidency: Structural Sources of Conflict Chapter 3 From Washington to Obama: The Evolution of Legislative Presidency Chapter 4 The President and the Congressional Party Leadership in a Polarized Era Chapter 5 Understanding Presidential Relations with Congress Chapter 6 The Presidency and Congressional Time Chapter 7 The Legislative Presidency in Political Time: Unified Government, Divided Government, and Presidential Leverage in Congress Chapter 8 The Imperial Presidency vs. the Hill Chapter 9 Executive Privilege and the Unitary Executive Theory in the George W. Bush Administration Chapter 10 The President's Budget vs. Congressional Budgeting: Institutionalizing the Adversarial Presidency? Chapter 11 Congress and the President: "Yes We Can!" or "Can We? Chapter 12 Relations Between the President and Congress in Wartime Chapter 13 Rivals Only Sometimes? Presidentialism, Unilateralism and Congressional Acquiescence in the US "War on Terror" Chapter 14 The President, Congress, Military Tribunals and Guantanamo Chapter 15 The President and Congress: Separate, Independent and Completely Equal

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