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The Politics of the Presidency

Ninth Edition

Courses:
Presidency

January 2016 | 600 pages | CQ Press

Get the most up-to-date coverage and analysis of the presidency with this comprehensive text.

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. Authors Joseph A. Pika and John Anthony Maltese are joined for the Ninth Edition by new coauthor and noted scholar Andrew Rudalevige as they present a thorough analysis of the change and continuity in the presidency during Barack Obama's two terms in an entrenched partisan environment, discuss the competitive setting for the upcoming 2016 election, and look at the challenges and opportunities a new president will soon face.

 
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

 
Notes

 
 
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

 
Transitions to Governing

 
Suggested Readings

 
Resources on the Web

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 3: Public Politics
Public Attitudes toward the Presidency

 
Rallying Public Support

 
The President and the Media

 
Conclusion: The Permanent Campaign

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

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

 
What Manner of Person?

 
Psychological Characteristics

 
Management Styles of Modern Presidents

 
Understanding Presidents: George W. Bush and Barack Obama

 
Conclusion: Seeking Presidential Success

 
Suggested Readings

 
Resources on the Web

 
Notes

 
 
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

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
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

 
Suggested Readings

 
Resources on the Web

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 7: Judicial Politics
Presidential Appointment of Federal Judges

 
Other Presidential Influences on the Federal Courts

 
Judicial Oversight of Presidential Action

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
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

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 9: The Politics of Economic Policy
Macroeconomic Policy

 
Microeconomic Policy

 
Presidents and the Economy: 1933-2014

 
The Politics of Macroeconomic Policymaking

 
The Economic Subpresidency

 
Presidents and Economic Policy Coordination

 
Congress's Role in Macroeconomic Policy

 
Conclusion

 
Suggested Readings

 
Resources on the Web

 
Notes

 
 
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

 
Suggested Readings

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 11: The Challenges and Opportunities of a New President
Continuity and Change in the Presidency

 
Leadership in an Age of Dissensus

 
Conclusion

 
Notes

 

The Politics of the Presidency is well-designed and -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 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:
  • Thorough review of the changes in the presidential selection process heading into 2016, including dramatic changes in funding
  • Expanded discussion of presidents exercising power unilaterally, incorporating new research and examples from the Obama presidency
  • Updated coverage of the extensive partisan struggles between President Obama and Congress and the growth of polarization
  • Detailed examination of the challenges of implementing Obamacare and restoring economic growth
  • Expanded discussions of executive agreements, authorizations to use force, and the use of covert operations
  • Includes a new discussion on the influence of the First Lady
KEY FEATURES:
  • Comprehensive, easy-to-understand analysis of the presidency
  • "Resources on the Web" sections offer readers an opportunity to pursue topics of interest
  • Up-to-date coverage of

o    the 2016 election;

o    Obama’s record in the second-term;

o    budget politics;

o    polarized politics;

o    Supreme Court rulings on key issues;

o    Obama’s use of new media;

o    major policies such as the U.S. exit strategy for Afghanistan, immigration reform, efforts to stimulate economic growth, healthcare reform; and

o    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.

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