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The Politics of the Presidency
Revised 10th Edition

Tenth Edition


November 2021 | 768 pages | CQ Press
Get the most up-to-date coverage and analysis of the presidency.

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. In this Revised Tenth Edition, bestselling authors Joseph A. Pika, John Anthony Maltese, and Andrew Rudalevige present a thorough analysis of the change and continuity following the November 2020 presidential election and Biden administration.


 
Tables and Figures
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
PART I THE PRESIDENT AND THE PUBLIC
 
Chapter 1 The Changing Presidency
The Scope of Presidential Power

 
Expansion of the Presidency

 
Popular Expectations

 
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

 
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: Donald J. Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr

 
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

 
Congressional Oversight

 
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 (soon First Spouse)

 
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: 1933–2021

 
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 Joseph R. Biden Jr.: Transition to Power and First Hundred Days
Transition

 
The Inauguration

 
The First Hundred Days

 
Conclusion: Prospects for the Biden Presidency

 
 
Appendices
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Closer Look at Ethics - An expanded section on presidential ethics and removal in light of the storming of the U.S. Capitol and the second Trump impeachment.
  • Revised and Updated for the 2020 Elections - Full incorporation of 2020 election data throughout the chapter including the competition for the Democrats' nomination; distinctive features of a social distancing campaign and conventions; and the electoral college results reversing outcomes of the 2016 election.
  • Updated Look at Judicial Appointments - A full discussion of Trump's federal judicial appointments, including his three Supreme Court picks and a preliminary look at Biden's approach to judicial appointments.
  • Detailed Coverage of Economic Struggles - Full discussion of how Trump, Biden and Congress responded to the economic challenges posed by the COVID Recession a decade after the Great Recession as well as an expanded discussion of President Trump's crusade against regulation and the incorporation of Biden's personnel choices to staff the organizations responsible for economic policy.
  • NEW Chapter 11 provides an account both of the Trump legacy and how Biden has reacted to it. This chapter traces the numerous distractions to the Biden transition presented by the aftermath of the 2020 campaign, Trump’s refusal to accept its results, the January special elections in Georgia, and the Capitol insurrection and Trump’s subsequent second impeachment. It provides details on Biden’s transition process and inauguration, followed by his first 100 days in office.
KEY FEATURES:
  • NEW Learning Objectives give a detailed look at what students should be taking away from each chapter.
  • Full Coverage of 2020, from social movements and the economy, to COVID and the 2020 elections, this edition is thoroughly revised to cover the issues the executive office has covered in 2020 and the first half of 2021.  
  • "Web Resources" sections offer readers an opportunity to pursue topics of interest.
  • A balanced assessment of all men who have held this central office enable readers to think critically about each president’s records of success and failure, disappointment and surprise.

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