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The politics of the presidency
Pika, Joseph August, 1947-
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Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2002]

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xiv, 458 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The politics of the presidency / Norman C. Thomas, Joseph A. Pika. Rev. 4th ed. c1997.
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Viewing the presidency as essentially a political office, the authors analyze the institution, the individuals who have served, the president's interaction with the public and other government branches and the chief executive's impact on public policy. The examine the president's various roles and show how effectiveness in office varies with the occupant's character, political style, and performance in a politicized environment. Noted scholar John Matlese joins the book in this edition which is revised and updated to include a full assessment of Clinton's last term in office and thorough coverage of George W. Bush's first 100 days in the White House.

Author Notes

Joseph A. Pika is professor of political science and international relations at the University of Delaware
John Anthony Maltese is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia

Table of Contents

Tables and Figuresp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
I The President and the Public
1 The Changing Presidencyp. 1
The Scope of Presidential Powerp. 2
Expansion of the Presidencyp. 17
Presidential Culturep. 23
Conclusion: The Changeable, Political Presidencyp. 25
Notesp. 26
Suggested Readingsp. 29
2 Election Politicsp. 30
Evolution of the Selection Processp. 31
Defining the Pool of Eligiblesp. 36
Competing for the Nominationp. 42
The National Conventionp. 49
The General Electionp. 51
Validationp. 67
Transitions to Governingp. 69
Notesp. 70
Suggested Readingsp. 76
3 Public Politicsp. 78
Public Attitudes toward the Presidencyp. 80
Rallying Public Supportp. 91
The President and the Mediap. 102
Conclusion: The Permanent Campaignp. 117
Notesp. 118
Suggested Readingsp. 127
4 Presidential Character and Performancep. 128
Determinants and Evaluations of Performancep. 129
What Manner of Person?p. 134
Psychological Characteristics of U.S. Presidentsp. 142
Management Styles of Modern Presidentsp. 149
Understanding Presidents: The Cases of Bill Clinton and George W. Bushp. 153
Conclusion: Seeking Presidential Successp. 166
Notesp. 167
Suggested Readingsp. 174
II The President and the Government
5 Legislative Politicsp. 175
Development of the President's Legislative Rolep. 181
The Presidential-Congressional Relationshipp. 183
The President's Formal Legislative Powersp. 190
The President's Informal Legislative Influencep. 193
Explaining Presidents' Legislative Successp. 200
Conclusionp. 206
Notesp. 207
Suggested Readingsp. 212
6 Executive Politicsp. 214
The President As Executivep. 219
The President and the Executive Branchp. 220
The President and the Cabinetp. 228
Presidential Control of the Bureaucracyp. 233
Presidential Management of the Bureaucracyp. 242
Conclusionp. 248
Notesp. 248
Suggested Readingsp. 256
7 Judicial Politicsp. 257
Presidential Appointment of Federal Judgesp. 262
Other Presidential Influences on the Federal Courtsp. 279
Judicial Oversight of Presidential Actionp. 284
Conclusionp. 286
Notesp. 286
Suggested Readingsp. 292
III The President and Public Policy
8 The Politics of Domestic Policyp. 293
The Domestic Policy Processp. 296
The Domestic Policy Environmentp. 305
The Domestic Policy Apparatusp. 308
Conclusionp. 315
Notesp. 317
Suggested Readingsp. 320
9 The Politics of Economic Policyp. 321
Macroeconomic Policyp. 323
Microeconomic Policyp. 325
Presidents and the Economy: 1933-2003p. 328
The Politics of Macroeconomic Policymakingp. 335
The Economic Subpresidencyp. 339
Presidents and Economic Policy Coordinationp. 346
The Congressional Role in Macroeconomic Policyp. 350
Conclusionp. 353
Notesp. 355
Suggested Readingsp. 359
10 The Politics of National Security Policyp. 360
Issues in National Security Policy: Search for a New Consensusp. 363
The National Security Policymaking Problemp. 370
The President, Congress, and National Securityp. 371
Organizing and Managing National Securityp. 383
Conclusionp. 389
Notesp. 390
Suggested Readingsp. 396
11 George W. Bush: Challenges of a Wartime Presidentp. 397
A Wartime Presidencyp. 399
Challenge 1 A Dramatic Reshuffling of Agendasp. 400
Challenge 2 Economic Strains and Dislocationsp. 405
Challenge 3 Public Support Threatenedp. 407
Challenge 4 Doubts about the President's Performancep. 417
Challenge 5 Balancing Foreign Policy with Political Necessityp. 422
Conclusionp. 424
Notesp. 426
Suggested Readingsp. 431
Appendixesp. 433
Indexp. 447
Creditsp. 473