Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations / Edition 2

Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations / Edition 2

by James A. Thurber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742509915

ISBN-13: 9780742509917

Pub. Date: 10/15/2001

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742509917
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/2001
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1An Introduction to Presidential-Congressional Rivalry1
2Partisan Polarization, Politics, and the Presidency: Structural Sources of Conflict33
3Presidential Leadership of Congress: Structures and Strategies59
4The Impact of Campaigns on Presidential-Congressional Relations85
5Successful Influence: Managing Legislative Affairs in the Twenty-First Century101
6The Presidency and Congressional Time125
7The Legislative Presidency in Political Time: Party Control and Presidential-Congressional Relations151
8The Institutional Context of Veto Bargaining183
9Politics of the Federal Budget Process209
10Ending a Transatlantic Trade War: The Art of Coalition Building on Capitol Hill233
11The Making of U.S. Foreign Policy: The Roles of the President and Congress over Four Decades267
12Justifying War against Iraq289
Index315
About the Contributors331

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