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The Politics of the Presidency

Eighth Edition (Revised Edition)


July 2013 | 576 pages | CQ Press
In the most up-to-date core text available on the presidency, Pika and Maltese once again deliver their comprehensive—and accessible—analysis of the presidency. Never losing sight of the foundations of the office, the authors maintain a balance between historical context and contemporary scholarship on the executive. A solid foundation for any presidency course, the revised eighth edition features updated chapters, including thorough coverage of the 2012 election, and a new chapter analyzing Obama’s challenges as a second-term president in an entrenched partisan environment.

 
I. THE PRESIDENT AND THE PUBLIC
 
1. The Changing Presidency
 
2. Election Politics
 
3. Public Politics
 
4. Presidential Character and Performance
 
II. THE PRESIDENT AND THE GOVERNMENT
 
5. Legislative Politics
 
6. Executive Politics
 
7. Judicial Politics
 
III. THE PRESIDENT AND PUBLIC POLICY
 
8. The Politics of Domestic Policy
 
9. The Politics of Economic Policy
 
10. The Politics of National Security Policy
 
11. Obama’s Act II: Lingering Ambitions Amidst Lower Expectations
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • The book incorporates updated chapters, including coverage of the 2012 election, and a brand new chapter that covers the first 100 days of Obama’s second term, offering insights into the challenges the president faces in leading the country and working with Congress in such a partisan environment.
KEY FEATURES:
  • Easy-to-understand analysis of all aspects of the presidency. 
  • "Resources on the Web" sections offer readers an opportunity to pursue topics of interest.
  • Up-to-date coverage of: 
    • the 2012 election;
    • Obama’s second-term agenda;
    • the “fiscal cliff”;
    • threats from Iran, North Korea, and Syria;
    • renewed concerns about terrorism in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing;
    • polarized politics;
    • the appointments of Sotomayor and Kagan to the Supreme Court;
    • Obama’s use of new media; 
    • such major policies as immigration reform, gun control, the stimulus bill, financial regulation and the debt ceiling, health care reform, and the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," among others;
    • U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and an exit strategy for Afghanistan, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the ban on enhanced interrogation techniques, the START treaty, and reactions to the Arab Spring.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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