Debating the Presidency: Conflicting Perspectives on the American Executive

Debating the Presidency: Conflicting Perspectives on the American Executive

by Richard J. Ellis, Michael C. Nelson

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Debating the Presidency: Conflicting Perspectives on the American Executive by Richard J. Ellis

Editors Richard J. Ellis and Michael Nelson have once again assembled a cadre of top presidential scholars to offer a series of pro/con essays that will inspire spirited debate in Debating the Presidency: Debating the Presidency: Conflicting Perspectives on the American Executive, Fourth Edition offers a compelling yet concise view of contemporary topics relevant to the American executive. Each pair of debate-resolution style essays is written specifically for this volume, and offers a compelling yet concise view of a topic relevant to the American executive. Editors Richard Ellis and Michael Nelson offer brief chapter introductions that provide context. In this edition, several new arguments are presented on topics such as executive orders (Pro: Gene Healy, Con: Andrew Rudalevige); abolishment of the vice presidency (Pro: Douglas L. Kriner, Con: Joel K. Goldstein); and the effect of new media on the public’s view of the presidency (Pro: Matthew R. Kerbel, Con: Jeffrey E. Cohen).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506363370
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
File size: 948 KB

About the Author

Richard J. Ellis is Mark O. Hatfield Professor of Politics at Willamette University. His books include The Development of the American Presidency (2015; 2nd ed.); Debating Reform: Conflicting Perspectives on How to Fix the American Political System (with Michael Nelson, 3nd ed., 2016); Judging the Boy Scouts of America: Gay Rights, Freedom of Association, and the Dale Case (2014); Judging Executive Power: Sixteen Supreme Court Cases That Have Shaped the American Presidency (2009); and Presidential Travel: The Journey from George Washington to George W. Bush (2008). In 2008 he was named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Oregon Professor of the Year.

Michael Nelson is Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College and a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. A former editor of the Washington Monthly, his most recent books include Trump’s First Year (2018); The Elections of 2016 (2018); The Evolving Presidency: Landmark Documents (2019); The American Presidency: Origins and Development (with Sidney M. Milkis, 2011); and Governing at Home: The White House and Domestic Policymaking (with Russell B. Riley, 2011). Nelson has contributed to numerous journals, including the Journal of Policy History, Journal of Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. He also has written multiple articles on subjects as varied as baseball, Frank Sinatra, and C. S. Lewis. More than fifty of his articles have been anthologized in works of political science, history, and English composition.  His 2014 book, Resilient America: Electing Nixon, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government, won the American Political Science Association’s Richard E. Neustadt Award for best book on the presidency published that year; and his 2006 book with John Lyman Mason, How the South Joined the Gambling Nation, won the Southern Political Science Association’s V.O. Key Award. 


Table of Contents

1. Resolved, The framers of the Constitution would approve of the modern presidency
Pro: - David Nichols
Con: - Terri Bimes
2. Resolved, The unitary executive is a myth
Pro: - Richard J. Ellis
Con: - Saikrishna Prakash
3. Resolved, Political parties should nominate candidates for the presidency through a national primary
Pro: - Michael Nelson
Con: - Andrew E. Busch
4. Resolved, The president should be elected directly by the people
Pro: - Burdett Loomis
Con: - Byron E. Shafer
5. Resolved, The Twenty-second Amendment should be repealed
Pro: - David Karol
Con: - Thomas E. Cronin
6. Resolved, The new media have brought the president closer to the people
Pro: - Matthew R. Kerbel
Con: - Jeffrey E. Cohen
7. Resolved, Presidential success and failure have more to do with political time than with a president's character and leadership qualities
Pro: - Stephen Skowronek
Con: - Fred I. Greenstein
8. Resolved, Presidential power is (still) the power to persuade
Pro: - Matthew J. Dickinson
Con: - George C. Edwards III
9. Resolved, Congress should be required to vote up or down on legislation proposed by the president
Pro: - William G. Howell and Terry M. Moe
Con: - B. Dan Wood
10. Resolved, Presidents have usurped the war power that rightfully belongs to Congress
Pro: - Nancy Kassop
Con: - Richard M. Pious
11. Resolved, Presidential signing statements threaten the rule of law and the separation of powers
Pro: - Peter M. Shane
Con: - Nelson Lund
12. Resolved, Executive orders and other unilateral presidential directives undermine democracy
Pro: - Gene Healy
Con: - Andrew Rudalevige
13. Resolved, The president has too much power in the selection of judges
Pro: - David A. Yalof
Con: - John Anthony Maltese
14. Resolved, The vice presidency should be abolished
Pro: - Douglas L. Kriner
Con: - Joel K. Goldstein

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