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The Politics of the Presidency

The Politics of the Presidency

Tenth Edition

January 2020 | 704 pages | CQ Press
Never losing sight of the foundations of the office, The Politics of the Presidency maintains a balance between historical context and contemporary scholarship on the executive branch, providing a solid foundation for any presidency course. Pika, Maltese and Rudalevige will highlight a 10th edition with a thorough analysis of the change and continuity in the presidency during Trump's first term. They will anticipate changes in the Nov 2020 election and we'll then publish a Revised Edition in 2021 to account for the election results and the forecast for the future of the Presidency.

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

Suggested Readings

Resources on the Web


Chapter 2: Election Politics
Evolution of the Selection Process

Defining the Pool of Eligibles

Competing for the Nomination

The National Convention

The General Election


Conclusion: Transitions to Governing

Suggested Readings

Resources on the Web


Chapter 3: Public Politics
Public Attitudes toward the Presidency

Rallying Public Support

The President and the Media

Conclusion: The Permanent Campaign

Suggested Readings


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

Suggested Readings

Resources on the Web


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 President's Legislative Success

Congressional Oversight

Conclusion: Legislating Togehter

Suggested Readings


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

Suggested Readings

Resources on the Web


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

Suggested Readings


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

Suggested Readings


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

Suggested Readings

Resources on the Web


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

Suggested Readings


Chapter 11: A Willingly Embattled President
Setting the Stage for 2020

Assessing Trump as President: Harbinger or Aberration?

A Stress Test for Madisonian Institutions



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ISBN: 9781544389967