Debating the Presidency

Author: Richard J. Ellis
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1483307743
Format: PDF, ePub
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The study of the presidency—the power of the office, the evolution of the institution, the men who have served—has generated a rich body of research and scholarship. What better way to get students to grapple with this literature than through conflicting perspectives on some of the most pivotal issues facing the modern presidency? Once again Ellis and Nelson have assembled a cadre of top scholars to offer pro/con essays that will inspire spirited debate beyond the pages of the book in the Third edition of Debating the Presidency. Based on reviewers’ suggestions the authors have added new debate topics that include the presidential power to persuade, an up/down vote by Congress on legislation proposed by the president, presidential czars, the unitary executive, and the president’s war powers. Ellis and Nelson introduce each pair of essays, providing context and preparing students to read each argument critically, so they can decide for themselves which side of the debate they find most persuasive.

Debating Reform

Author: Richard J. Ellis
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1483322750
Format: PDF, Docs
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Getting students to engage in debate always makes for a lively classroom. Yet when students only parrot partisan lines, an instructor is left to question if there is real pedagogical value in the exercise. Richard Ellis and Michael Nelson offer a fresh take on the traditional debate-style reader. With pieces written specifically for this volume by top scholars in the field, each pro or con essay considers a concrete proposal for reforming the political system, from making it easier to amend the Constitution to adopting compulsory voting. By focusing on institutions, rather than liberal or conservative public policies, students tend to leave behind ideology and grapple with claims and evidence to draw their own conclusions and build their own arguments. Students will explore how institutions work in their American government text, but Debating Reform: Conflicting Perspectives on How to Fix the American Political System helps them to understand how they can be made to work better.

The Politics of the Presidency

Author: Joseph A. Pika
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1483301508
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In the most up-to-date core text available on the presidency, The Politics of the Presidency, Revised Eighth Edition, Joseph A. Pika and John Anthony Maltese once again deliver their comprehensive—and accessible—analysis of the presidency. Never losing sight of the foundations of the office, the authors maintain a balance between historical context and contemporary scholarship on the executive. A solid foundation for any presidency course, the revised eighth edition features updated chapters, including coverage of the 2012 election, and a new chapter analyzing Obama’s challenges as a second-term president in an entrenched partisan environment.

The Development of the American Presidency

Author: Richard J. Ellis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317552962
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A full understanding of the institution of the American presidency requires us to examine how it developed from the founding to the present. This developmental lens, analyzing how historical turns have shaped the modern institution, allows for a richer, more nuanced understanding beyond the current newspaper headlines. The Development of the American Presidency pays great attention to that historical weight but is organized by the topics and concepts relevant to political science, 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 and practice quizzes to help students master the book's lessons. The second edition a new chapter on unilateral powers that brings greater attention to domestic policymaking.

Presidential Leadership Politics and Policy Making

Author: George Edwards, III
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 0840030126
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Written by two renowned presidential scholars, this comprehensive, best-selling text examines all aspects of the presidency in rich detail. With a special emphasis on policy, the new edition surveys the most up-to-date scholarship on the topic, and includes an examination of the midterm presidential election. Taking a theoretical approach, the authors use engaging analysis and timely, fascinating examples to view the presidency from two theoretical standpoints—the president as facilitator, and the president as director of change. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Contending Approaches to the American Presidency

Author: Michael A Genovese
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 9781608717064
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In a fresh look at the presidency, Michael Genovese brings together leading scholars to shed light on ideological and constitutional assumptions about the presidency. While most scholarly writing is supposed to be "neutral," students frequently find themselves awash in conflicting viewpoints, making it difficult to assess hidden assumptions. In this contributed volume, authors examine the different approaches that drive the current debate concerning the presidency: liberal, conservative, moderate, constitutionalist, libertarian, and presidentialist (unitary executive). All chapters follow a consistent structure, encouraging students to compare ideas across chapters. Contributors also examine their approach in light of presidential-congressional relations, presidential power and accountability, the rule of law, as well as domestic and foreign policy. Making explicit what is often implicit, this engaging and unique examination of the presidency helps readers better understand presidential power and leadership.

Spinner in Chief

Author: Stephen J. Farnsworth
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131725158X
Format: PDF
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As the U.S. enters the last lap of the 2008 presidential election season, the media and the candidates are in full gear exploiting each other, often at the expense of public information and awareness. This book looks at how presidents and presidential candidates use television, the Internet, and newspapers to promote their policies and themselves, even as they are sometimes manipulated by the media they so avidly seek. Looking at White House media strategies relating to the Iraq War and occupation, health care reform, tax and budget debates, the debate over Bush's competence, the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal, and the early battles of the 2008 presidential election, media scholar and former journalist Stephen Farnsworth examines how presidents shift the direction and limit the amount of public debate over policies to favor themselves-and how reporters and Internet commentators often help them do so. The result short-circuits the public's role in evaluating competing visions for the country's future and the legislative branch's role in policy making. The modern presidential obsession with public relations-and media willingness to be used to advance executive power-undermine the country's long term ability to deal with crucial problems, including foreign and military relations, a growing government debt, and public health care shortcomings.

Building Coalitions Making Policy

Author: Martin A. Levin
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421405954
Format: PDF, Docs
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Combining an insider’s perspective with actual case studies, the volume examines the policymaking behind such programs as; No Child Left Behind; tax cuts; Social Security privatization; Medicare prescription drug reform; education and immigration reform; environmental policy; judicial politics; national securityCovering all major areas of policymaking, Building Coalitions, Making Policy gives instructors in political science, public administration and policy, American government, and American presidential studies plenty of provocative examples for classroom debate.

The Presidency and the Political System

Author: Michael Nelson
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1483322890
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Presidency and the Political System showcases the best of presidential studies and research with top-notch presidential scholars writing specifically for an undergraduate audience. Editor Michael Nelson, a well-known, well-respected presidency scholar, rigorously edits each contribution to meet his exacting standards for the volume and offers contextual headnotes introducing each essay. Essays cover approaches to studying the presidency, elements of presidential power, presidential selection, presidents and politics, and presidents and government.

The American Presidency

Author: Sidney M. Milkis
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1452285322
Format: PDF, ePub
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The American Presidency examines the constitutional precepts of the executive office and the social, economic, political, and international factors that have shaped it. In this updated sixth edition, Milkis and Nelson add new scholarship to every chapter, address the end of George W. Bush’s tenure, and—in a new chapter—explore President Obama’s first two years in office. Treating each presidency succinctly, the authors focus on how individual presidents have shaped the executive office to reveal the developmental arc of the modern presidency. By emphasizing patterns of presidential conduct, this award-winning book offers perspective and insight on the expansion of presidential power over the years.