The Development of the American Presidency

The Development of the American Presidency
Author: Richard J. Ellis
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 586
Release: 2013-06-17
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 9781136980596

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Our understanding of the politics of the presidency is greatly enhanced by viewing it through a developmental lens, analyzing how historical turns have shaped the modern institution. The Development of the American Presidency pays great attention to that historical weight but is organized topically and conceptually with the constitutional origins and political development of the presidency its central focus. Through comprehensive and in-depth coverage, this text looks at how the presidency has evolved in relation to the public, to Congress, to the Executive branch, and to the law, showing at every step how different aspects of the presidency have followed distinct trajectories of change. All the while, Ellis illustrates the institutional relationships and tensions through stories about particular individuals and specific political conflicts. Ellis's own classroom pedagogy of promoting active learning and critical thinking is well reflected in these pages. Each chapter begins with a narrative account of some illustrative puzzle that brings to life a central concept. A wealth of photos, figures, and tables allow for the visual presentations of concepts. A companion website not only acts as a further resources base—directing students to primary documents, newspapers, and data sources—but also presents interactive timelines, practice quizzes, and key terms to help students master the book's lessons.

Film and the American Presidency

Film and the American Presidency
Author: Jeff Menne,Christian B. Long
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2015-02-20
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781135049928

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The contention of Film and the American Presidency is that over the twentieth century the cinema has been a silent partner in setting the parameters of what we might call the presidential imaginary. This volume surveys the partnership in its longevity, placing stress on especially iconic presidents such as Lincoln and FDR. The contributions to this collection probe the rich interactions between these high institutions of culture and politics—Hollywood and the presidency—and argue that not only did Hollywood acting become an idiom for presidential style, but that Hollywood early on understood its own identity through the presidency’s peculiar mix of national epic and unified protagonist. Additionally, they contend that studios often made their films to sway political outcomes; that the performance of presidential personae has been constrained by the kinds of bodies (for so long, white and male) that have occupied the office, such that presidential embodiment obscures the body politic; and that Hollywood and the presidency may finally be nothing more than two privileged figures of media-age power.

New Directions in the American Presidency

New Directions in the American Presidency
Author: Lori Cox Han
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-02-09
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 9781136994593

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The study of the American presidency, both as a political institution and the men who have held the office, is one of the most fascinating and dynamic fields of study within American government. New Directions in the American Presidency takes a current look at the various issues facing the presidency and provides a "state of the art" overview of current trends in the field of presidency research. This edited volume covers all of the standard topics necessary for use in an undergraduate-level presidency course or a graduate-level seminar while also bringing together key disciplinary debates and treatment of important current real-world developments. Each chapter is written with students in mind so that it remains accessible, interesting, and engaging and does not inundate readers with pedantic or jargonistic terms. This will undoubtedly become a key resource to engage students in the exciting debates over scholarship on presidential politics.

The American Presidency

The American Presidency
Author: Forrest McDonald
Publsiher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas
Total Pages: 516
Release: 1994
Genre: History
ISBN: UOM:39015029098400

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McDonald explores how and why the presidency has evolved into such a complex and powerful institution, unlike any other in the world. He chronicles the presidency's creation, implementation, and evolution and explains why it's still working today despite its many perceived afflictions.

The Impossible Presidency

The Impossible Presidency
Author: Jeremi Suri
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2017-09-12
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780465093908

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A bold new history of the American presidency, arguing that the successful presidents of the past created unrealistic expectations for every president since JFK, with enormously problematic implications for American politics In The Impossible Presidency, celebrated historian Jeremi Suri charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world. He argues that the presidency is a victim of its own success-the vastness of the job makes it almost impossible to fulfill the expectations placed upon it. As managers of the world's largest economy and military, contemporary presidents must react to a truly globalized world in a twenty-four-hour news cycle. There is little room left for bold vision. Suri traces America's disenchantment with our recent presidents to the inevitable mismatch between presidential promises and the structural limitations of the office. A masterful reassessment of presidential history, this book is essential reading for anyone trying to understand America's fraught political climate.

Jockeying for the American Presidency

Jockeying for the American Presidency
Author: Lara M. Brown
Publsiher: Cambria Press
Total Pages: 474
Release: 2010
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781604977028

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"Dr. Lara Brown's Jockeying for the American Presidency is one of the best books this discipline has contributed to the study of presidential nominations and elections. Her book has three especially attractive features. First, she correctly conceives of ambition as the theoretical base and she roots that ambition early in presidential aspirants' political careers. Second, she is very clear in the interaction between individual goals, here ambition for the Oval Office, and the development of partisan and electoral institutions. Third, as necessitated by the small number of nominations and the endogeneity among ambition, opportunity, and institution, her study is deeply historical. But history here is not just good research design; it animates the study and makes it such a pleasure to read."---John H. Aldrich, Duke University "Lara Brown sheds new light on presidential politics in her analysis of presidential aspirants. She argues that instead of being shaped by political party and external events, successful nominees actively shape their political parties and create their own political circumstances. Her richly detailed portraits of both winners and losers throughout American history undergird her theoretical contributions. Anyone interested in presidential elections will benefit greatly from reading this book."---James P. Pfiffner, George Mason University "This book will compel scholars to take a new look at the role of "political opportunism" in the presidential selection process. Lara Brown provides a fresh, innovative exploration of the roots of opportunism, one that challenges conventional wisdom as it advances our understanding of this complex topic."---Michael A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount University "Lara Brown links candidate opportunism to political experience, electoral success, partisan change, and institutional development. Admirably, she also seeks to contextualize opportunistic behavior---to be sensitive to history, norms, and contingent events. This is at bottom a study about candidate qualities---human nature, political character, the appetite for power---and the consequences of these for the successful pursuit of the presidential office. This, I believe, constitutes the core of the study and its greatest strength. In fact, in some ways this book is one of a small handful of works in recent memory to take very seriously the political and institutional implications of human nature---ambition, self-interest, opportunism---since the Federalist Papers."---Scott C. James. UCLA

The Lost Soul of the American Presidency

The Lost Soul of the American Presidency
Author: Stephen F Knott
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2020-07
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 0700630392

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An office envisioned by George Washington and Alexander Hamilton as a source of national pride and unity instead sows division and discord.

Gender Heteronormativity and the American Presidency

Gender  Heteronormativity  and the American Presidency
Author: Aidan Smith
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2017-10-03
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781351798792

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Gender, Heteronormativity and the American Presidency places notions of gender at the center of its analysis of presidential campaign communications. Over the decades, an investment in gendered representations of would-be leaders has changed little, in spite of the second- and third-wave feminist movements. Modern candidates have worked vigorously to demonstrate "compensatory heterosexuality," an unquestionable normative identity that seeks to overcome challenges to their masculinity or femininity. The book draws from a wide range of archived media material, including televised films and advertisements, public debates and speeches, and candidate autobiographies. From the domestic ideals promoted by Eisenhower in the 1950s, right through to the explicit and divisive rhetoric associated with the Clinton/Trump race in 2016; intersectional content and discourse analysis reveals how each presidential candidate used his or her campaign to position themselves as a defender of traditional gender roles, and furthermore, how this investment in "appropriate" gender behaviour was made manifest in both international and domestic policy choices. This book represents a significant and timely contribution to the study of political communication. While communication during presidential elections is a well-established research field, Aidan Smith’s book is the first to apply a gendered lens over such an extended historical period and across the political spectrum.

The American Presidency

The American Presidency
Author: Sidney M. Milkis,Michael Nelson
Publsiher: CQ Press
Total Pages: 632
Release: 2022-01-11
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 9781071824641

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The American Presidency examines the constitutional foundation of the executive office and the social, economic, political, and international forces that have reshaped it along with the influence individual presidents have had. Authors Sidney Milkis and Michael Nelson look at each presidency broadly, focusing on how individual presidents have sought to navigate the complex and ever-changing terrain of the executive office and revealing the major developments that launched a modern presidency at the dawn of the twentieth century. By connecting presidential conduct to the defining eras of American history and the larger context of politics and government in the United States, this award-winning book offers perspective and insight on the limitations and possibilities of presidential power.

The Hardest Job in the World

The Hardest Job in the World
Author: John Dickerson
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 672
Release: 2020-06-16
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 9781984854520

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the veteran political journalist and 60 Minutes correspondent, a deep dive into the history, evolution, and current state of the American presidency, and how we can make the job less impossible and more productive—featuring a new post-2020–election epilogue “This is a great gift to our sense of the actual presidency, a primer on leadership.”—Ken Burns Imagine you have just been elected president. You are now commander-in-chief, chief executive, chief diplomat, chief legislator, chief of party, chief voice of the people, first responder, chief priest, and world leader. You’re expected to fulfill your campaign promises, but you’re also expected to solve the urgent crises of the day. What’s on your to-do list? Where would you even start? What shocks aren’t you thinking about? The American presidency is in trouble. It has become overburdened, misunderstood, almost impossible to do. “The problems in the job unfolded before Donald Trump was elected, and the challenges of governing today will confront his successors,” writes John Dickerson. After all, the founders never intended for our system of checks and balances to have one superior Chief Magistrate, with Congress demoted to “the little brother who can’t keep up.” In this eye-opening book, John Dickerson writes about presidents in history such a Washington, Lincoln, FDR, and Eisenhower, and and in contemporary times, from LBJ and Reagan and Bush, Obama, and Trump, to show how a complex job has been done, and why we need to reevaluate how we view the presidency, how we choose our presidents, and what we expect from them once they are in office. Think of the presidential campaign as a job interview. Are we asking the right questions? Are we looking for good campaigners, or good presidents? Once a candidate gets the job, what can they do to thrive? Drawing on research and interviews with current and former White House staffers, Dickerson defines what the job of president actually entails, identifies the things that only the president can do, and analyzes how presidents in history have managed the burden. What qualities make for a good president? Who did it well? Why did Bill Clinton call the White House “the crown jewel in the American penal system”? The presidency is a job of surprises with high stakes, requiring vision, management skill, and an even temperament. Ultimately, in order to evaluate candidates properly for the job, we need to adjust our expectations, and be more realistic about the goals, the requirements, and the limitations of the office. As Dickerson writes, “Americans need their president to succeed, but the presidency is set up for failure. It doesn’t have to be.”

We the People and the President

We the People and the President
Author: Paul John Creek,PJ Creek,Jamie Creek
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2021-12-07
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781626724693

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War and the American Presidency

War and the American Presidency
Author: Arthur Meier Schlesinger
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2005-10-17
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 9780393346350

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"Historical reflections that deftly challenge the political and ideological foundations of President Bush's foreign policy."--Charles A. Kupchan, New York Times In a book that brings a magisterial command of history to the most urgent of contemporary questions, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., explores the war in Iraq, the presidency, and the future of democracy. Describing unilateralism as "the oldest doctrine in American history," Schlesinger nevertheless warns of the dangers posed by the fatal turn in U.S. policy from deterrence and containment to preventive war. He writes powerfully about George W. Bush's expansion of presidential power, reminding us nevertheless of our country's distinguished legacy of patriotism through dissent in wartime. And in a new chapter written especially for the paperback edition, he examines the historical role of religion in American politics as a background for an assessment of Bush's faith-based presidency.

State of the Union

State of the Union
Author: CQ Press
Publsiher: CQ Press
Total Pages: 1200
Release: 2006-12-01
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 9781452267388

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Through an expansive collection of primary source materials and original, informative introduction and headnotes, State of the Union: Presidential Rhetoric from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush explores ways in which modern U.S. presidents have appealed directly to the public and how the public has responded. State of the Union: Presidential Rhetoric from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush is a comprehensive reference containing all the state of the union addresses as well as each inaugural address delivered from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush. This unique single-volume resource presents over 100 full-text addresses. Headnotes accompanying each address provide valuable context for each address by outlining the events leading up to the address and exploring the ensuing public reaction. An introductory essay to the volume provides readers with an in-depth look at the history of state of the union addresses and examines how presidents have crafted their speeches to meet changing styles and circumstances. State of the Union also includes a bibliography of sources related to presidential rhetoric, a chronological listing of all addresses included in the volume, a timeline showing major events as highlighted in the addresses, and a comprehensive index. A valuable research tool for students and scholars of U.S. history, government, politics, and public policy, State of the Union: Presidential Rhetoric from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush will be a frequently-used resource in almost any academic or public library.

Intellectuals and the American Presidency

Intellectuals and the American Presidency
Author: Tevi Troy
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 255
Release: 2002
Genre: History
ISBN: 0742508269

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Intellectuals and the American Presidency examines the complex relationships between America's presidents and intellectuals since 1960. From Arthur Schlesinger's work in John Kennedy's campaign and administration to Daniel Patrick Moynihan's role as the Democrat in the Nixon White House, through Sidney Blumenthal's efforts to secure intellectual support for a scandal-plagued Bill Clinton, presidents have had to address the question of intellectual support. How they did this has helped to shape their presidencies and their historical reputations. Using both popular sources and some never-before-used archived material, Intellectuals and the American Presidency looks at the advisers who served as liaisons to the academic community, the presidents' views of those intellectuals, and how they fit in with the presidents' plans. In this bipartisan study, political insider Tevi Troy analyzes how American presidents have used intellectuals to shape their images and advance their agendas.

The Modern American Presidency

The Modern American Presidency
Author: Lewis L. Gould
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2009
Genre: History
ISBN: STANFORD:36105124143137

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The standard work on the modern American presidency, providing a concise, accessible, and entertaining survey of presidents over the past century.