Rivals For Power / Edition 3

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Overview

The first President Bush faced a long-entrenched Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. The first term Clinton entered into a unified government for the first time in many years, but all that changed in the midterm elections of 1994. The second President Bush faces a closely divided government whose balance could shift at any time. Through it all, the Presidential-Congressional rivalry continues unabated. What is it about the institutional relationship between Congress and the Presidency that ensures conflict even in the face of necessary cooperation? Here, well-known scholars and practitioners of Congressional-Presidential relations come together to explore both branches of government and what unites as well as divides them. Highlights include chapters on budgetary politics in a time of surplus, the impacts of campaign message and election mandates, and Congressional-Presidential relations during transitions. Case studies of budget battles, health care task forces, and armed conflicts in foreign lands lend concrete detail to political theory. First hand experience on the Hill and in the Oval Office—and everywhere in between—is reflected in each chapter. Although nothing can rival election 2000 for its challenges to both Congress and the Presidency, "Rivals For Power" shows how even an extraordinary electoral result is subject to the rules and rigors of Washington's built-in rivalry.

Author Biography: James A. Thurber is professor of government and founder and director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742536838
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.82 (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

Preface
1 An Introduction to Presidential-Congressional Rivalry 1
2 The President and Congress at the Turn of the Century: Structural Sources of Conflict 27
3 Presidential Leadership of Congress: A Functional and Institutional History 49
4 The Presidency and Congressional Leadership 71
5 The Impact of Campaigns on Presidential-Congressional Relations 89
6 Presidential Influence on Congress: New Solutions to Old Problems 105
7 Successful Influence: Managing Legislative Affairs in the Twenty-first Century 141
8 Herding Cats: Presidential Coalition Building in the Senate 163
9 Politics of the Federal Budget Process 185
10 The Making of U.S. Foreign Policy: The Roles of the President and Congress over Four Decades 207
11 Clinton's Military Actions: No Rivals in Sight 229
12 Conclusions about Congressional-Presidential Rivalries 255
Index 271
About the Contributors 283
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