Understanding the Presidency / Edition 5

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Bringing historic documents and modern scholarship together, Understanding the Presidency provides students with a blend of classic and contemporary readings on the presidency to establish and expand their knowledge of the highest office in the land.

The sixth edition is updated with new readings covering the historic election of Barack Obama in 2008, the legacy of the George W. Bush administration, and the expansion of executive privilege. This collection of articles offers students a combination of contemporary scholarship-some penned exclusively for this edition-classic scholarly analyses, and historical perspectives, showing how the events of the past two centuries have led the executive branch to where it is today.

New Readings for the Sixth Edition

Richard W. Waterman, "The Administrative Presidency, Unilateral Power, and the Unitary Executive Theory"

John P. Burke, "Obama Becomes President: Policy Development and Leadership"

Peter Francia, Gregory Fortelny, and Clyde Wilcox, "The Obama Juggernaut: Presidential Fundraising in 2008"

James Ceasar and Daniel DiSalvo, "The Magnitude of the 2008 Democratic Victory: By the Numbers"

Roger H. Davidson, "Changing Tides: Public Opinion, Campaigns, and Governance, 2004-2009"

Mark Rozell and Mitchel Sollenberger, "Executive Privilege and the U.S. Attorneys Firings"

James P. Pfiffner, "Decision Making in the Bush White House"

Louis Fisher, "Presidential Power in National Security"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205649877
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 8/6/2008
  • Series: MySearchLab Series 15% off Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Constitutional Origins of the Presidency 1
1 The Creation of the Presidency 4
2 James Madison to Thomas Jefferson 10
3 Federalist No. 69 12
4 Federalist No. 70 15
5 To the Citizens of the State of New York 18
Sect. 2 Historical Perspectives on the Presidency 23
6 The Strict Constructionist Presidency 27
7 The Stewardship Presidency 29
8 The Public Presidency 31
9 The Prerogative Presidency 34
10 Toward a Modern Presidency 36
Sect. 3 Selecting Presidents: Campaigns, Elections, and Mandates 41
11 Evaluating and Reforming the Presidential Nominating Process 45
12 Out of Order: Games and Governing 53
13 The Myth of Presidential Mandate 60
14 From Campaigning to Governing: The Challenge of Taking Over 70
Sect. 4 The Public Presidency: Press, Media, and Public Approval 85
15 The Press and the Presidency 88
16 The Cynical White House Media 99
17 Spin Control in the White House 103
18 Presidents as Party Leaders 115
19 Public Opinion Polls: The New Referendum 124
Sect. 5 The Institutional Presidency 133
20 The President's Cabinet 136
21 The Evolution of the White House Staff 156
22 The Changing Presidential Office 169
23 Can the President Manage the Government? 180
24 Bureaucracy in the American Constitutional Order 196
Sect. 6 Domestic Policy Leadership 205
25 The Hundred Days 208
26 Domestic Policy Leadership in the First Year 215
27 The Presidency and Domestic Policy: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 232
28 Presidential Management of the Economy 244
Sect. 7 Commander-in-Chief and National Security 259
29 Invitation to Struggle: The President, Congress, and National Security 262
30 National Security: The Rise of the Assistant (1961-1981) 272
31 Iran-Contra: What Was Wrong 292
32 Making Foreign Policy: President and Congress 303
33 Presidential Policy-Making and the Gulf War 309
Sect. 8 The Separation of Powers 323
34 The Presidential Pulpit: Bully or Baloney? 326
35 Presidential-Congressional Relations 336
36 Representation, Accountability, and Efficiency in Divided Party Control of Government 348
37 The Presidency in a Separated System 358
38 Is the Separation of Powers Obsolete? The Congressional-Presidential Balance of Power 368
39 Presidential Power and the Courts 383
Sect. 9 Evaluating Presidents: Greatness and Abuse of Power 397
40 The Finitude of Presidential Power 400
41 The American Monarchy 419
42 Watergate: Implications for Responsible Government 423
43 Being Liked and Being President 432
44 What Makes a Good Leader? 437
45 Presidential Character 445
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