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Presidential policymaking : an end-of-century assessment
Shull, Steven A.
Publication Information:
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvii, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Presidential policymaking: an introduction / Steven A. Shull -- Presidential constraints and transitions / James P. Pfiffner -- Public opinion: reconceptualizing going public / Jeffrey E. Cohen and Ken Collier -- Interest groups: a doubly dynamic relationship / Joseph A. Pika -- Political parties and divided democracy / Sidney M. Milkis -- Elections and presidential policymaking / Lyn Ragsdale and Jerrold G. Rusk -- Evaluating Clinton's performance in Congress / George C. Edwards III -- Staffing patterns in the modern White House / Shirley Anne Warshaw -- Bureaucratic views of the President / Richard W. Waterman -- Justices and presidents / Jeffrey A. Segal and Robert M. Howard -- Domestic policy: the general-interest presidency? / Paul J. Quirk and Bruce Nesmith -- Budget policy transformations / Lance T. LeLoup -- Economic policy: comparative advisory arrangements / James E. Anderson -- Foreign and defense policy / Louis Fisher -- Policy, power, and accountability / Mary E. Stuckey -- Comparing policy leadership / Colin Campbell and Bert A. Rockman.
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1480 Lexile.
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A comprehensive overview of the president's policy-making role and the way this role structures the president's interaction with other institutions of government. The book concludes with a discussion of the issues of accountability and policy leadership.

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Library Journal Review

In this volume of 16 articles, Shull (political science, Univ. of New Orleans) gathers some of the leading scholars on the presidency to offer insights on the institution. Unlike some edited volumes, here Shull makes a serious effort to sustain the stated purpose of the book. The focus is the modern presidency, from FDR to Clinton, but all of the articles deal extensively with the Clinton administration. The authors use either a comparative or policy context (or both, in several cases) to demonstrate the utility of a public policy approach for understanding the full nature of the influence of the presidency. The articles treat the full range of subjects usually associated with the presidency‘interest groups, parties, Congress, the bureaucracy‘and the opening and concluding essays provide cohesion. This excellent collection should be in all academic and large public libraries.‘Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This collection of fifteen original essays on the presidency and policy making commemorates the retirement of presidential scholar Norman C. Thomas. Unlike many collections of readings, this one is well written, thoughtfully presented, and even more remarkably, nicely woven together. The book begins with two essays that present an overview of the nature of presidential policy making, encompassing processes, actors, and results. Both processes and policy content are treated. The second section focuses on presidential relationships with those outside government--the media and public opinion's influence on a president's policy agenda, interest groups in the political process, political parties, and elections in the presidential policy- making milieu. The third set of essays focuses on presidential relationships with those inside government, including the legislative branch, White House staff, the bureaucracy, and the Supreme Court. Also included are essays on domestic policy, budget policy, economic policy, and foreign and defense policy. In a somewhat unusual turn, an essay in the concluding section tries to relate all the preceding essays to each other and to the contributions to presidential scholarship by Norman Thomas and others. This strong, thoughtfully presented collection offers significant suggestions for further research and reflection. Bravo! Recommended for upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and faculty collections. W. K. Hall; Bradley University

Table of Contents

I Nature of Presidential Policymaking
1 Presidential Policymaking: An IntroductionSteven A. Shull
2 Presidential Constraints and TransitionsJames P.Pfiffner
II Presidential Relations With Those Outside Government
3 Public Opinion: Reconceptualizing Going PublicJeffrey E. Cohen and Ken Collier
4 Interest Groups: A Doubly Dynamic RelationshipJoseph A. Pika
5 Political Parties and Divided DemocracySideney M. Milkis
6 Elections and Presidential PolicymakingLyn Ragsdale and Jerrold Rusk
III Presidential Relations With Those Inside Government
7 Evaluating Clinton's Performance in CongressGeorge C. Edwards III
8 Staffing Patterns in the Modern White HouseShirley A. Warshaw
9 Bureaucratic Views of the PresidentRichard W. Waterman
10 Justices and PresidentsJeffrey A. Segal and Robert M. Howard
IV Policy Areas and the Presidency
11 Domestic Policy: The General-Interest Presidency?Paul J. Quirk and Bruce Nesmith
12 Budget Policy TransformationsLance T. LeLoup
13 Economic Policy: Comparative Advisory ArrangementsJames E. Anderson
14 Foreign and Defense PolicyLouis Fisher
V Conclusion
15 Policy, Power, and AccountabilityMary E. Stuckey
16 Comparing Policy LeadershipColin Campbell and Bert A. Rockman