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The Politics of the Presidency
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The Politics of the Presidency

Revised Ninth Edition


July 2017 | 616 pages | CQ Press

Trace the opening rounds of the Trump administration: highlighting the 2016 election, transition, inauguration, and first one hundred days.  

 

Never losing sight of the foundations of the office, The Politics of the Presidency maintains a balance between historical context, the current political environment, and contemporary scholarship on the executive branch, providing a solid foundation for any presidency course. In addition to offering readers a comprehensive framework for understanding the expectations, powers, and limitations of the executive branch, the Revised Ninth Edition uses the most up-to-date coverage and analysis of the 2016 election and Trump administration to demonstrate key concepts.

 

New to the Revised Ninth Edition

  • A new chapter dedicated to the Trump transition and first one hundred days examines important topics such as the immigration ban and other executive orders; efforts at deregulation; the targeted military strikes in Syria; and the war on the intelligence community and the deconstruction of the administrative state.
  • Recent congressional relations analyzed, including the confirmation of Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch after Senate Republicans employed the “nuclear option” and took away the opportunity to filibuster Supreme Court nominees; efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare; fiscal 2017 and 2018 budget negotiations; and congressional investigations of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, his firing of FBI director James Comey, and the appointment of a special counsel in the matter.
  • An assessment of the public presidency reviews Trump’s approval ratings, communications strategies, and media coverage.
  • Discussions of Trump’s leadership challenges in a polarized age explain the difficulties of unifying a nation after a bitter election, launching an administration, and structuring the executive branch.

 
Part I: The President and the Public
 
Chapter 1: The Changing Presidency
The Scope of Presidential Power

 
Expansion of the Presidency

 
Presidential Culture

 
Conclusion: The Changeable, Political Presidency

 
 
Chapter 2: Election Politics
Evolution of the Selection Process

 
Defining the Pool of Eligibles

 
Competing for the Nomination

 
The National Convention

 
The General Election

 
Validation

 
Conclusion: Transitions to Governing

 
 
Chapter 3: Public Politics
Public Attitudes toward the Presidency

 
Rallying Public Support

 
The President and the Media

 
Conclusion: The Permanent Campaign

 
 
Chapter 4: Presidential Character and Performance
Determinants and Evaluations of Performance

 
What Manner of Person?

 
Psychological Characteristics of U.S. Presidents

 
Management Styles of Modern Presidents

 
Understanding Presidents: Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump

 
Conclusion: Seeking Presidential Success

 
 
Part II: The President and the Government
 
Chapter 5: Legislative Politics
Three Confrontations in Interbranch Relations

 
Development of the President’s Legislative Role

 
The Presidential-Congressional Relationship

 
The President’s Formal Legislative Powers

 
The President’s Informal Legislative Influence

 
Explaining Presidents’ Legislative Success

 
Conclusion: Legislating Together

 
 
Chapter 6: Executive Politics
The President as Executive

 
The President and the Executive Branch

 
The President and the Cabinet

 
The Vice President

 
The First Lady

 
Presidential Control of the Bureaucracy

 
Presidential Management of the Bureaucracy

 
Conclusion: The Frustrating Search for Control

 
 
Chapter 7: Judicial Politics
Presidential Appointment of Federal Judges

 
Other Presidential Influences on the Federal Courts

 
Judicial Oversight of Presidential Action

 
Conclusion: A Balancing Act

 
 
Part III: The President and Public Policy
 
Chapter 8: The Politics of Domestic Policy
The Domestic Policy Process

 
The Domestic Policy Environment

 
The Domestic Policy Apparatus

 
Conclusion: Providing Policy Leadership

 
 
Chapter 9: The Politics of Economic Policy
Macroeconomic Policy

 
Microeconomic Policy

 
Presidents and the Economy: 1933–2017

 
The Politics of Macroeconomic Policymaking

 
The Economic Subpresidency

 
Presidents and Economic Policy Coordination

 
Congress’s Role in Macroeconomic Policy

 
Conclusion: Avoiding Economic Disorder

 
 
Chapter 10: The Politics of National Security Policy
Issues in National Security Policy: Search for a New Consensus

 
The Problem with National Security Policymaking

 
The President, Congress, and National Security

 
Organizing and Managing National Security

 
Conclusion: Limiting the Exercise of Power

 
 
Chapter 11: The Trump Transition and First One Hundred Days
The Transition

 
The Inauguration

 
The First 100 Days

 
President Trump: A Natural Experiment

 

The Politics of the Presidency is well designed, well written, easy for students to comprehend, and all-around useful in laying out the key facets and concepts of the American presidency. It is deep in its material without being dense and is approachable without sacrificing rigor. I have not seen a text on the American presidency that does a better job of laying clear the history, powers, and limitations of the modern chief executive.”

Michael Julius
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

“The authors’ approach puts politics front and center in the study of the presidency. The Politics of the Presidency is clearly the work of senior scholars who have devoted many years to the study of the presidency and scholarship on the office. They know a lot about the office and convey what they know to students in a well-organized and well-written manner.”

Andrew Battista
East Tennessee State University

I use The Politics of the Presidency in my undergraduate presidency courses because the essential topics are thoroughly covered in a style that is both readable and interesting. The cases and examples are always well chosen and up-to-date, and the special circumstances and challenges facing the current president can be easily compared to enduring presidential responsibilities such as domestic politics, economic policy, and national security.”

Bruce Buchanan
University of Texas at Austin
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • A new chapter dedicated to the Trump transition and first one hundred days examines important topics such as the immigration ban and other executive orders; efforts at deregulation; the targeted military strikes in Syria; and the war on the intelligence community and the deconstruction of the administrative state.
  • Recent congressional relations analyzed, including the confirmation of Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch after Senate Republicans employed the “nuclear option” and took away the opportunity to filibuster Supreme Court nominees; efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare; fiscal 2017 and 2018 budget negotiations; and congressional investigations of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, his firing of FBI director James Comey, and the appointment of a special counsel in the matter.
  • An assessment of the public presidency reviews Trump’s approval ratings, communications strategies, and media coverage.
  • Discussions of Trump’s leadership challenges in a polarized age explain the difficulties of unifying a nation after a bitter election, launching an administration, and structuring the executive branch.

KEY FEATURES:

  • A thorough review of the changes in the 2016 presidential selection process help readers understand how dramatic changes in funding and other factors can influence potential candidates.
  • Expanded discussion of presidents exercising power unilaterally, incorporating new research and examples from both the Obama and Trump presidencies, show readers the impact and consequences of one-sided decisions made by the president.
  • Updated coverage of the extensive partisan struggles between President Obama and Congress provide readers with context for the growth of polarization age.
  • A detailed examination of the challenges of implementing Obamacare and restoring economic growth demonstrates to readers the separation of powers between state and federal governments.
  • Expanded discussions of executive agreements, authorizations to use force, and use of covert operations shine a light into the powers the president has related to foreign policy.
  • New discussions on the influence of the First Lady use current examples to explain how this role has evolved over the centuries.
  • A comprehensive, easy-to-understand analysis of the presidency enables readers to develop modern political science perspective on the presidency.
  • Resources on the Web sections offer readers an opportunity to pursue topics of interest.
  • Up-to-date coverage expands the reader’s knowledge of
  • the 2016 election;
  • Obama’s record in the second term;
  • budget politics;
  • polarized politics;
  • Supreme Court rulings on key issues;
  • Obama’s use of new media;
  • major policies such as the U.S. exit strategy for Afghanistan, immigration reform, efforts to stimulate economic growth, health care reform; and
  • U.S. negotiations with Iran on nuclear development, growing reliance on covert operations, and U.S. responses to the rise of the group Islamic State, Syrian civil war, and Egyptian counter-revolution.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: The Changing Presidency


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