Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations

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James A. Thurber
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Aug 16, 2009 - Political Science - 296 pages
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Rivals for Power is a lively description of the power struggle between the president and Congress. In it, leading congressional and presidential scholars and knowledgeable former public officials consider the historical, political, and constitutional foundations of conflict between the two branches. The authors give practical advice about how to build cooperative policymaking between the president and Congress as they struggle over major crises in solving economic problems and addressing domestic issues and the challenges in defense and foreign policy making. The book features original academic research and practitioner knowledge from the White House and the Hill. This fourth edition includes all new essays with unique and critical viewpoints on the role of the president and Congress in the policy making process. Many of the essays focus on lessons learned about cooperation and conflict between the two branches from the Clinton and Bush presidencies. The essays include preliminary analyses of President Barack Obama's relationship with Congress. Because the authors have made major contributions as congressional and presidential scholars, and have played key roles in Congress, in the White House, in the media, and as lobbyists, each chapter presents a different perspective. The new edition of Rivals for Power is intended for students, scholars, public officials, the media, and the general public.

Contributions by Gary Andres, Richard S. Conley, Roger H. Davidson, The Honorable Mickey Edwards, Louis Fisher, Patrick Griffin, The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton, Mark J. Oleszek, Walter J. Oleszek, John E. Owens, James P. Pfiffner, Mark J. Rozell, Andrew Rudalevige, Barbara Sinclair, Mitchel A. Sollenberger, James A. Thurber, Stephen J. Wayne, and Joseph White.

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Ch01 An Introduction to PresidentialCongressional Rivalry
Structural Sources of Conflict
TheEvolution of the Legislative Presidency
Ch04 The President and the CongressionalParty Leadership in a Polarized Era
Ch05 Understanding PresidentialRelations with Congress
Ch06 The Presidencyand Congressional Time
Unified Government DividedGovernment and PresidentialLeverage in Congress
Ch08 The Imperial Presidency vs the Hill
Institutionalizing theAdversarial Presidency?
Yes We Can or Can We?
Ch12 Relations between the Presidentand Congress in Wartime
Presidentialism Unilateralism andCongressional Acquiescence in theUS War on Terror
Ch14 The President Congress MilitaryTribunals and Guantanamo
SeparateIndependent and Completely Equal
About the Contributors

Ch09 Executive Privilege and theUnitary Executive Theory in theGeorge W Bush Administration

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James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government and founder and director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University in Washington, D.C.

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