Presidential Leadership: Politics and Policy Making

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Cengage Learning, Jul 15, 2009 - Political Science - 624 pages
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From routine operations to the workings of a White House in crisis, 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 groundbreaking 2008 presidential election. Best-selling authors George C. Edwards and Stephen J. Wayne 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. A theoretical (versus chronological) approach combined with the currency and relevance of the material, makes PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP: POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING, 8th Edition, the most comprehensive text available today for the presidential studies course.
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Not much to say. A definitive work on presidential policy, and leadership including the various aspects of how the executive office is run and managed. Includes the rights and obligations of the presidential mandate. Outstanding title. Read full review

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An interesting effort to rank some of America's greatest and worst presidents. There are sufficient arguments for both sides that are presented by the various authors. Nevertheless, it is impossible to rank ANYTING withouut disagreement. Read full review

Contents

Presidential Leadership An Introduction
1
The Nomination Process
29
The Presidential Election
61
The President and the Public
101
The President and the Media
156
The Presidents Office
197
Presidential Decision Making
229
The Psychological Presidency
263
Domestic Policy Making
427
Budgetary and Economic Policy Making
459
Foreign and Defense Policy Making
491
The Unilateral Presidency
517
Methods of Studying the Presidency
542
Nonelectoral Succession Removal and Tenure
555
Provisions of the Constitution of the United States that Relate to the Presidency
560
2008 Electoral and Popular Vote Summary
570

The President and the Eexecutive Branch
295
The President and Congress
343
The President and the Judiciary
393
Index
573
Presidents of the United States
599
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George C. Edwards III, one of the country's leading scholars of the presidency, is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University and also holds the George and Julia Blucher Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies. He has served as the Olin Professor of American Government at Oxford, the John Adams Fellow at the University of London, and has held senior visiting appointments at Sciences Po in Paris, Peking University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is an Associate Member of Nuffield College at Oxford University and was the founder and from 1991-2001 the director of The Center for Presidential Studies. He has authored dozens of articles and has written or edited 23 books on American politics and public policy making. He is also editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly and consulting editor of the Oxford Handbook of American Politics series. Among his latest books, ON DEAF EARS: THE LIMITS OF THE BULLY PULPIT examines the effectiveness of presidential leadership of public opinion, WHY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS BAD FOR AMERICA evaluates the consequences of the method of electing the president GOVERNING BY CAMPAIGNING analyzes the politics of the Bush presidency, and THE STRATEGIC PRESIDENT offers a new formulation for understanding presidential leadership. Professor Edwards has served as president of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association, which has named its annual dissertation prize in his honor and awarded him its Career Service Award. He has received the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service from the U.S. Army and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has spoken to 200 universities and other groups in the U.S. and abroad, keynoted numerous national and international conferences, done hundreds of interviews with the national and international press, and can be heard on National Public Radio.

Stephen J. Wayne (B.A. with Honors, University of Rochester, M.A., and Ph.D. Columbia University) is a Professor of Government at Georgetown University. An expert on the American presidency, he has written twelve books, published in multiple editions, and over 100 articles, chapters, and book reviews. In addition to THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE, his major works include THE LEGISLATIVE PRESIDENCY; PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP (with George C. Edwards), IS THIS ANY WAY TO RUN A DEMOCRATIC ELECTION? and PERSONALITY AND POLITICS: OBAMA: FOR AND AGAINST HIMSELF. A Washington-based insider since 1968, Professor Wayne is frequently interviewed by White House reporters and serves as a commentator on American politics for the national news media. He has been President of the Presidency Research Group and The National Capital Area Political Science Association, is a member of the editorial boards of the PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES QUARTERLY and CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENCY, and regularly lectures to international visitors, senior federal executives, and college students in the United States and abroad. Professor Wayne has testified before Congress and before advisory committees of both major political parties.

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