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Development of the American Presidency

ISBN-10: 0415878810
ISBN-13: 9780415878814
Edition: 2012
Authors: Richard J. Ellis
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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

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 Presidencypays 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.

Richard J. Ellis is the Mark O. Hatfield Professor of Politics at Willamette University. Among his recent books are Judging the Boy Scouts of America: Gay Rights, Freedom of Association, and the Dale Case; The Development of the American Presidency; Presidential Travel: The Journey from George Washington to George W. Bush; Judging Executive Power: Sixteen Supreme Court Cases that have Shaped the American Presidency, and Debating Reform: Conflicting Perspectives on How to Fix the American Political System, 2nd Ed. In 2008 he was named the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching Oregon Professor of the Year.

Envisioning the Presidency
The Revolutionary Experience
The Framers' Doubts and Disagreements
Four Visions of the Presidency
Theories of Political Development
President And The People
Selecting the President
Introductory Puzzle: How Was Jefferson Almost Beaten by His Own Vice President?
The Framers' Presidential Selection Plan
Founding Elections
Playing a New Party Game
The Contemporary Nomination Process
The Contemporary Debate over the Electoral College
Obstacles to Reform in a State-Based Electoral System
The Public Presidency
Introductory Puzzle: Why did Lincoln Play Second Fiddle at Gettysburg?
The Gauntlet of Conflicting Public Expectations
The Old Patrician Ways
The New Partisan Ways
Going Public at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Penning the President's Words: The Rise of the Speechwriter
Faith in Words: The Effects of Presidential Rhetoric in the Television Age
President And Congress
The Legislative Presidency
Introductory Puzzle: Lessons from Obama's Joe Wilson Moment
The Constitutional Brakes
"From Motives of Respect": George Washington's Relations with Congress
Alexander Hamilton: Walpole to Washington's George II
The Hidden Hand Leadership of Thomas Jefferson
Congress Resurgent
The Veto: Whig Theory and Democratic Practice
Abraham Lincoln: Whig in the White House?
Clay's Revenge: The Era of Legislative Supremacy
The New School of Executive Leadership
Woodrow Wilson: The President as Prime Minister
More Wilsonian than Whig: From Harding to Hoover
FDR: Legislator in Chief
In the Shadow of FDR
The War-Making Presidency
Introductory Puzzle: Why Didn't Truman Call a War a War?
Opening the Debate over Prerogatives and Power
Original Understandings
Debating Washington's Neutrality Proclamation: Helvidius v Pacificus
Fighting Indians and Pirates in the Early Republic
The Congressional "Propensity to War"
The First Presidential War: Polk's War with Mexico
Fighting the Civil War
Becoming a World Power
Entering World War II
The Cold War and the Origins of the National Security State
The Vietnam War: Origins and Aftermath
Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers
The War on Terror: The Presidency in Perpetual War
The President And The Executive Branch
Organizing the Presidency
Introductory Puzzle: Why does a "Kid" get to tell Bill Clinton's Cabinet what to do?
The Founders Organize the Presidency
"An Almost Insupportable Burden": The Origins of Presidential Staff
Organizing the Lincoln White House
Salvation by Staff: The Cautionary Tale of Ulysses Grant
Settling for Second Best: Private Secretaries in the Gilded Age
Managing Government and Budgets in the Nineteenth Century
"No Responsibility Exists": The Progressive Quest for Administrative Reform
FDR and the Making of the Managerial Presidency
Richard Nixon and the Origins of the Administrative Presidency
The Administrative Presidency after Nixon
The Removal Power and the Unitary Executive
Introductory Puzzle: The Curious Case of the IBC Commissioner
"The Great Debate of 1789"
Removals in the Early Republic
The Jacksonian Defense of Rotation in Office
Jackson's Removal of William Duane
Hypocrites All: "The Tumultuous Scramble for Place"
Andrew Johnson and Tenure of Office Act of 1867
Party Patronage and Civil Service Reform
Enter the Courts
The Political Origins of the Unitary Executive: The Reagan Years
The Unitary Executive in the Presidency of George W. Bush
The Unitary Executive Reconsidered
The President And The Law
The President and the Judiciary
Introductory Puzzle: How Earl Warren Became the Last Liberal Chief Justice
Founding Arguments
Court Packing in the Federalist Era
Jefferson's Assault on the "Gibraltar of the Judiciary"
"Driving Us into Consolidation": On the Road to McCulloch
Andrew Jackson Confronts the Court
Making the Court Safe for Slavery
Ridding the Court of Southerners
The Rise of Judicial Supremacy
Franklin Roosevelt v. the Supreme Court
A "Reinvigorated, Liberal-minded Judiciary"
Tilting Right
Partisan Polarization in the Contemporary Confirmation Process
The Future of Judicial Supremacy
Law and Executive Power
Introductory Puzzle: What was Nixon Thinking?
Law and the Constitution
"So Far Above the Law": Executive Power from Locke to Lincoln
Judging Executive Power
All the President's Lawyers
Conclusion
Evaluating Presidents
The Presidential Ratings Game
The Deal of the Cards
The Play of the Hand
Where have all the Great (or even Good) Presidents Gone?

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