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The Politics of the Presidency

Ninth Edition


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

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Joseph A. Pika

Joseph A. Pika is the James R. Soles professor emeritus of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and taught previously at SUNY at Buffalo. He is coauthor with Jason D. Mycoff of Conflict & Compromise: Presidential and Congressional Leadership, 2001–2006 and coauthor with John Anthony Maltese and H. Phillips Shively of Government Matters: American Democracy in Context. He served for seven years on the Delaware State Board of Education, four years as president. More About Author

John Anthony Maltese

John Anthony Maltese is the Albert B. Saye professor and associate dean of the  University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs. He holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Selling of Supreme Court Nominees and Spin Control: The White House Office of Communications and the Management of Presidential News, and coauthor with Joseph A. Pika and H. Phillips Shively of Government Matters: American Democracy in Context. He is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and was named the Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of... More About Author

Andrew C. Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige is the Thomas Brackett Reed professor of government at Bowdoin College and chair of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents and Executive Politics section. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and taught previously at Dickinson College and the University of East Anglia. His books include Managing the President’s Program, The New Imperial Presidency: Renewing Presidential Power after Watergate, and, as co-editor, The George W. Bush Legacy and The Obama Presidency: Appraisals and Prospects. Prior to his academic career, he worked in state and local politics in Massachusetts. More About Author

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