The American Presidency a Very Short Introduction

The American Presidency  a Very Short Introduction
Author: Charles O. Jones
Release: 2016-06-09
Editor: Oxford University Press
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9780190458201
Language: en
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"The second edition of this Very Short Introduction focuses on the challenges facing American presidents in meeting the high expectations of the position in a separation of powers system. This masterly revision explores critical issues that are object of contemporary debate and shows how the American presidency evolved over the past 200 years and where it may go in the future"--

The Hardest Job in the World

The Hardest Job in the World
Author: John Dickerson
Release: 2020-06-16
Editor: Random House
Pages: 656
ISBN: 9781984854513
Language: en
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the veteran political journalist and 60 Minutes correspondent, a deep dive into the history, evolution, and current state of the American presidency—and how we can make the job less impossible and more productive. “This is a great gift to our sense of the actual presidency, a primer on leadership.”—Ken Burns Imagine you have just been elected president. You are now commander-in-chief, chief executive, chief diplomat, chief legislator, chief of party, chief voice of the people, first responder, chief priest, and world leader. You’re expected to fulfill your campaign promises, but you’re also expected to solve the urgent crises of the day. What’s on your to-do list? Where would you even start? What shocks aren’t you thinking about? The American presidency is in trouble. It has become overburdened, misunderstood, almost impossible to do. “The problems in the job unfolded before Donald Trump was elected, and the challenges of governing today will confront his successors,” writes John Dickerson. After all, the founders never intended for our system of checks and balances to have one superior Chief Magistrate, with Congress demoted to “the little brother who can’t keep up.” In this eye-opening book, John Dickerson writes about presidents in history such a Washington, Lincoln, FDR, and Eisenhower, and and in contemporary times, from LBJ and Reagan and Bush, Obama, and Trump, to show how a complex job has been done, and why we need to reevaluate how we view the presidency, how we choose our presidents, and what we expect from them once they are in office. Think of the presidential campaign as a job interview. Are we asking the right questions? Are we looking for good campaigners, or good presidents? Once a candidate gets the job, what can they do to thrive? Drawing on research and interviews with current and former White House staffers, Dickerson defines what the job of president actually entails, identifies the things that only the president can do, and analyzes how presidents in history have managed the burden. What qualities make for a good president? Who did it well? Why did Bill Clinton call the White House “the crown jewel in the American penal system”? The presidency is a job of surprises with high stakes, requiring vision, management skill, and an even temperament. Ultimately, in order to evaluate candidates properly for the job, we need to adjust our expectations, and be more realistic about the goals, the requirements, and the limitations of the office. As Dickerson writes, “Americans need their president to succeed, but the presidency is set up for failure. It doesn’t have to be.”

The American Presidency

The American Presidency
Author: Alan Brinkley,Davis Dyer
Release: 2004
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 572
ISBN: 0618382739
Language: en
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A collection of essays about the American presidency explores such questions as how has the office evolved from the Founding Father's intentions, what were some of the lasting presidential initiatives, and what separates a successful president from an unsuccessful one.

Presidents and the American Presidency

Presidents and the American Presidency
Author: Lori Cox Han,Diane J. Heith
Release: 2017
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages: 488
ISBN: 0190611464
Language: en
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"Presidents and the American Presidency engages students in the study of the presidency through an exploration of both the political institution and the men who have held the office. Considering both the strengths and the weaknesses of the office, authors Lori Cox Han and Diane J. Heith move beyond purely theoretical analysis to examine the real-life, day-to-day responsibilities and challenges that go with the job. Memos, oral histories, detail analyses, etc. pulled from Presidential Libraries will bring to life the study of the Presidency. Contemporary Presidencies will be emphasized to allow the students to see the concepts presented in the text at work in an administration with which they are familiar. The text will cover all of the standard concepts presented in the course, and will do so by integrating the latest qualitative and quantitative research in the field"--

The West Wing

The West Wing
Author: Peter C. Rollins,John E. O'Connor
Release: 2003-04-01
Editor: Syracuse University Press
Pages: 312
ISBN: 081563031X
Language: en
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Informed by historical scholarship and media analysis, this book takes a critical look at the award-winning show from a wide range of perspectives. Media scholars Peter C. Rollins and John E. O’Connor make an important contribution to the field with an eclectic mix of essays, which translate the visual language of the onscreen politics of the series.

The Reader s Companion to the American Presidency

The Reader s Companion to the American Presidency
Author: Alan Brinkley,Davis Dyer
Release: 2000
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 566
ISBN: 0395788897
Language: en
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A collection of forty-one essays about the American presidency explores such monumental questions as how has the office evolved from the Founding Father's intentions, what were some of the lasting presidential initiatives, and what separates a successful president from an unsuccessful one.

The Development of the American Presidency

The Development of the American Presidency
Author: Richard J. Ellis
Release: 2015-06-26
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 648
ISBN: 9781317552963
Language: en
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A full understanding of the institution of the American presidency requires us to examine how it developed from the founding to the present. This developmental lens, analyzing how historical turns have shaped the modern institution, allows for a richer, more nuanced understanding beyond the current newspaper headlines. The Development of the American Presidency pays great attention to that historical weight but is organized by the topics and concepts relevant to political science, with the constitutional origins and political development of the presidency its central focus. Through comprehensive and in-depth coverage, this text looks at how the presidency has evolved in relation to the public, to Congress, to the Executive branch, and to the law, showing at every step how different aspects of the presidency have followed distinct trajectories of change. All the while, Ellis illustrates the institutional relationships and tensions through stories about particular individuals and specific political conflicts. Ellis's own classroom pedagogy of promoting active learning and critical thinking is well reflected in these pages. Each chapter begins with a narrative account of some illustrative puzzle that brings to life a central concept. A wealth of photos, figures, and tables allow for the visual presentations of concepts. A companion website not only acts as a further resources base—directing students to primary documents, newspapers, and data sources—but also presents interactive timelines and practice quizzes to help students master the book's lessons. The second edition a new chapter on unilateral powers that brings greater attention to domestic policymaking.

Jockeying for the American Presidency

Jockeying for the American Presidency
Author: Lara M. Brown
Release: 2010
Editor: Cambria Press
Pages: 474
ISBN: 9781604977028
Language: en
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"Dr. Lara Brown's Jockeying for the American Presidency is one of the best books this discipline has contributed to the study of presidential nominations and elections. Her book has three especially attractive features. First, she correctly conceives of ambition as the theoretical base and she roots that ambition early in presidential aspirants' political careers. Second, she is very clear in the interaction between individual goals, here ambition for the Oval Office, and the development of partisan and electoral institutions. Third, as necessitated by the small number of nominations and the endogeneity among ambition, opportunity, and institution, her study is deeply historical. But history here is not just good research design; it animates the study and makes it such a pleasure to read."---John H. Aldrich, Duke University "Lara Brown sheds new light on presidential politics in her analysis of presidential aspirants. She argues that instead of being shaped by political party and external events, successful nominees actively shape their political parties and create their own political circumstances. Her richly detailed portraits of both winners and losers throughout American history undergird her theoretical contributions. Anyone interested in presidential elections will benefit greatly from reading this book."---James P. Pfiffner, George Mason University "This book will compel scholars to take a new look at the role of "political opportunism" in the presidential selection process. Lara Brown provides a fresh, innovative exploration of the roots of opportunism, one that challenges conventional wisdom as it advances our understanding of this complex topic."---Michael A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount University "Lara Brown links candidate opportunism to political experience, electoral success, partisan change, and institutional development. Admirably, she also seeks to contextualize opportunistic behavior---to be sensitive to history, norms, and contingent events. This is at bottom a study about candidate qualities---human nature, political character, the appetite for power---and the consequences of these for the successful pursuit of the presidential office. This, I believe, constitutes the core of the study and its greatest strength. In fact, in some ways this book is one of a small handful of works in recent memory to take very seriously the political and institutional implications of human nature---ambition, self-interest, opportunism---since the Federalist Papers."---Scott C. James. UCLA

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency
Author: Facts On File, Incorporated
Release: 2009
Editor: Infobase Publishing
Pages: 606
ISBN: 9781438126388
Language: en
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A definitive guide to the role of the president from the American Revolution through the present day and spans the relationship between the executive and the other branches of government, court cases, elections, political opponents, scandals, and more.

The American Presidency

The American Presidency
Author: David C. Kozak,Kenneth N. Ciboski
Release: 1985
Editor: Wadsworth Publishing Company
Pages: 592
ISBN: UOM:39015007023958
Language: en
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This book is a collection of original essays, enduring classics, and documents on the American presidency that places emphasis on aspects of the policy process in the White House. These readings will help students distinguish between myth and reality in studying the presidency. There is extensive discussion of the limitations on presidential power presented by such forces as Congress, the federal bureaucracy, the courts, single issue interest groups, television, and public opinion polls.

The American Presidency

The American Presidency
Author: Sidney M. Milkis,Michael Nelson
Release: 2019-01-24
Editor: CQ Press
Pages: 720
ISBN: 9781544360812
Language: en
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The American Presidency examines the constitutional foundation of the executive office and the social, economic, political, and international forces that have reshaped it. Authors Sidney M. Milkis and Michael Nelson broadly examine the influence of each president, focusing on how these leaders have sought to navigate the complex and ever-changing terrain of the executive office and revealing the major developments that launched the modern presidency at the dawn of the twentieth century. By connecting presidential conduct to the defining eras of American history and the larger context of politics and government in the United States, this award-winning book offers vital perspective and insight on the limitations and possibilities of presidential power. The Eighth Edition examines recent events and developments including the latter part of the Obama presidency, the 2016 election, the first twenty months of the Trump presidency, and updated coverage of issues involving race and the presidency.

Founding the American Presidency

Founding the American Presidency
Author: Richard J. Ellis
Release: 1999
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Pages: 313
ISBN: 0847694992
Language: en
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At a time when the institution of the presidency seems in a state of almost permanent crisis, it is particularly important to understand what sort of an institution the framers of the Constitution thought they were creating. Founding the American Presidency offers a first-hand view of the minds of the founders by bringing together extensive selections from the constitutional convention in Philadelphia as well as representative selections from the subsequent debates over ratification. Organized topically, the book focuses on those issues of executive power that most deeply concerned and often sharply divided the founders, including the electoral college and impeachment, the presidential term and reeligibility, the veto power and war powers, the power of appointment and the power of pardon. EllisO judicious selections mean that teachers and students no longer need to settle for the meager rations of a Federalist paper or two supplemented by a quick summary of the founders' thoughts before being fast-forwarded to the contemporary presidency. Pointed discussion questions provoke students to consider new perspectives on the presidency. Ideal for all courses on the presidency, the book is also important for all citizens who want to understand not only the past but the future of the American presidency.

For the President s Eyes Only

For the President s Eyes Only
Author: Christopher Andrew
Release: 1996-03-01
Editor: Harper Collins
Pages: 688
ISBN: 0060921781
Language: en
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From the co-author of KGB: The Inside Story and an acknowledged authority on the subject comes "the most important book ever written about American intelligence."--David Kahn, author of The Codebreakers and Hitler's Spies

The Irish and the American Presidency

The Irish and the American Presidency
Author: Nicole Anderson Yanoso
Release: 2016-09-30
Editor: Transaction Publishers
Pages: 251
ISBN: 9781412863704
Language: en
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There is a widely held notion that, except for the elections of 1928 and 1960, the Irish have primarily influenced only state and local government. The Irish and the American Presidency reveals that the Irish have had a consistent and noteworthy impact on presidential careers, policies, and elections throughout American history. Using US party systems as an organizational framework, this book examines the various ways that Scots-Irish and Catholic Irish Americans, as well as the Irish who remained in Éire, have shaped, altered, and sometimes driven such presidential political factors as party nominations, campaign strategies, elections, and White House policymaking. The Irish seem to be inextricably interwoven into important moments of presidential political history. Yanoso discusses the Scots-Irish participation in the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the War of 1812. She describes President Bill Clinton’s successful Good Friday Agreement that brought peace and hope to Northern Ireland. And finally, she assesses the now-common presidential visits to Ireland as a strategy for garnering Irish-American support back home. No previous work has explored the impact of Irish and Irish-American affairs on US presidential politics throughout the entire scope of American history. Readers interested in presidential politics, American history, and/or Irish/Irish-American history are certain to find The Irish and the American Presidency enjoyable, informative, and impactful.

The American Presidency

The American Presidency
Author: Irwin L. Morris
Release: 2010-08-15
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781139491624
Language: en
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Presidential scholars increasingly turn to science to address the fundamental issues in the field, but undergraduates are rarely taught the skills to do the same. The American Presidency introduces students to new insights produced by the scientific study of the presidency and the scientific endeavor itself. After chapters on the scientific study of the presidency and background information on the presidency, the text discusses prominent theories of presidential power. Chapters on presidential elections, the president's relationship with other political actors (such as Congress and the Supreme Court), the president's role in foreign and economic policy, and presidential greatness include guided research exercises that provide students with the opportunity to apply the scientific method to empirical questions with significant theoretical content. The American Presidency provides students with the opportunity to learn about the presidency and enables them to draw their own reasoned conclusions about the nature of presidential power.

The American Presidency

The American Presidency
Author: Clinton Rossiter,Professor Clinton Rossiter
Release: 1956
Editor: Signet Book
Pages: 175
ISBN: UOM:39015002977307
Language: en
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Inventing the American Presidency

Inventing the American Presidency
Author: Thomas E. Cronin
Release: 1989
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 404
ISBN: STANFORD:36105038599945
Language: en
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Inventing the American Presidency--in fourteen essays supplemented by relevant sections of and Amendments to the Constitution and five Federalist essays by Hamilton--provide the reader with the essential historical and political analyses of who and what shaped the presidency. What was decided in Philadelphia in 1787 and why? Why have a presidency? Who could be elected? How? For how long a tenure? With what responsibilities and powers? What were key debates during the founding period, and what questions have endured? For students of the American presidency, these essays will be must reading. "Edited by an influential presidential scholar, this collection marks the bicentennial of the office of the presidency. It brings together a wealth of information and insights on the construction of the nation's highest office."--Jeffrey K. Tulis, author of The Rhetorical Presidency and coeditor of The Presidency in the Constitutional Order.

New Directions in the American Presidency

New Directions in the American Presidency
Author: Lori Cox Han
Release: 2011-02-09
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781136994593
Language: en
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The study of the American presidency, both as a political institution and the men who have held the office, is one of the most fascinating and dynamic fields of study within American government. New Directions in the American Presidency takes a current look at the various issues facing the presidency and provides a "state of the art" overview of current trends in the field of presidency research. This edited volume covers all of the standard topics necessary for use in an undergraduate-level presidency course or a graduate-level seminar while also bringing together key disciplinary debates and treatment of important current real-world developments. Each chapter is written with students in mind so that it remains accessible, interesting, and engaging and does not inundate readers with pedantic or jargonistic terms. This will undoubtedly become a key resource to engage students in the exciting debates over scholarship on presidential politics.

New Challenges for the American Presidency

New Challenges for the American Presidency
Author: George C. Edwards,Philip Davies
Release: 2004
Editor: Pearson P T R
Pages: 245
ISBN: UOM:39015058116362
Language: en
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With the 2004 Presidential Election just around the corner and a host of critically important challenges facing the presidency today, the top names in presidential studies have come together—for the first time ever in a single book—to examine those challenges and explore what they might mean for the American people. Edited by George Edwards and Philip John Davies, this collection of original essays concentrates on the current Bush presidency and uniquely tackles the particular issues the presidency faces today. Fascinating, thought-provoking, and groundbreaking, New Challenges for the American Presidency is essential reading for anyone interested in examining George W. Bush's presidency, the issues that will figure prominently in the 2004 election, and the future of the executive office.

The Impossible Presidency

The Impossible Presidency
Author: Jeremi Suri
Release: 2017-09-12
Editor: Basic Books
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780465093908
Language: en
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A bold new history of the American presidency, arguing that the successful presidents of the past created unrealistic expectations for every president since JFK, with enormously problematic implications for American politics In The Impossible Presidency, celebrated historian Jeremi Suri charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world. He argues that the presidency is a victim of its own success-the vastness of the job makes it almost impossible to fulfill the expectations placed upon it. As managers of the world's largest economy and military, contemporary presidents must react to a truly globalized world in a twenty-four-hour news cycle. There is little room left for bold vision. Suri traces America's disenchantment with our recent presidents to the inevitable mismatch between presidential promises and the structural limitations of the office. A masterful reassessment of presidential history, this book is essential reading for anyone trying to understand America's fraught political climate.