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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"
|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|
|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|