The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency

Paperback | September 4, 2011

EditorGeorge C. Edwards Iii, William G. Howell

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As the central feature on the American political landscape, it is only natural that scholars and commentators focus on the presidency. So much is written about the subject, in fact, that it is often difficult to know where we stand in our understanding of it. The Oxford Handbook of theAmerican Presidency will help scholars assess the state of scholarship on the presidency and the directions in which it needs to move. Never before has the academic literature on the American presidency received such an extended treatment. Nearly three dozen chapters critically assess both the major contributions to a literature on a dimension of the presidency and the ways in which the literature has developed. The authors of eachchapter seek to identify weaknesses in the existing literature- be they logical flaws, methodological errors, oversights, or some combination therein-and to offer their views about especially productive lines of future inquiry. Equally important, the authors also identify areas of research that areunlikely to bear additional fruits. These chapters offer a distinctive point of view, an argument about the successes and failures of past scholarship, and a set of recommendations about how future work ought to develop. Thus, this volume will help set the agenda for research on the presidency forthe next decade.The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics are a set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of scholarship on American politics. Each volume focuses on a particular aspect of the field. The project is under the General Editorship of George C. EdwardsIII, and distinguished specialists in their respective fields edit each volume. The Handbooks aim not just to report on the discipline, but also to shape it as scholars critically assess the scholarship on a topic and propose directions in which it needs to move. The series is an indispensablereference for anyone working in American politics. General Editor for The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics: George C. Edwards III.

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As the central feature on the American political landscape, it is only natural that scholars and commentators focus on the presidency. So much is written about the subject, in fact, that it is often difficult to know where we stand in our understanding of it. The Oxford Handbook of theAmerican Presidency will help scholars assess the ...

George C. Edwards III is a leading scholar of the presidency, he has written or edited 23 books on American politics and public policy making. He is also editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly and general editor of The Oxford Handbook of American Politics series. Professor Edwards has served as president of the Presidency Research S...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:896 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.94 inPublished:September 4, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. George C. Edwards III and William G. Howell: IntroductionApproaches to Studying the Presidency2. William G. Howell: Quantitative Approaches to the Study of the Presidency3. Brandice Canes-Wrone: Game Theory and the Study of the American Presidency4. Scott C. James: Historical Institutionalism, Political Development, and the PresidencyPrecursors to Governance5. James P. Pfiffner: Presidential Transitions6. B. Dan Wood: Presidents and the Political AgendaThe Public Presidency7. Dennis M. Simon: Public Expectations of the President8. James N. Druckman and Lawrence R. Jacobs: Presidential Responsiveness to Public Opinion9. George C. Edwards III: Leading the Public10. Terri Bimes: Understanding the Rhetorical Presidency11. Paul Gronke and Brian Newman: Public Evaluations of Presidents12. Jeffrey E. Cohen: The Presidency and the Mass MediaThe Legislative Presidency13. David W. Rhode and Meredith Barthelemy: The President and Congressional Parties in an Era of Polarization14. Stephen J. Wayne: Legislative Skills15. George C. Edwards III: Presidential Approval as a Source of Influence in Congress16. John J. Coleman and David C. W. Parker: The Consequences of Divided Government17. Burdett A. Loomis: Connecting Interest Groups to the PresidencyUnilateral Action18. Kenneth R. Mayer: Going Alone: The Presidential Power of Unilateral Action19. Richard M. Pious: Prerogative Power and Presidential Politics20. Richard W. Waterman: Assessing the Unilateral PresidencyDecision-Making21. John P. Burke: Organizational Structure and Presidential Decision-Making22. Karen M. Hult and Charles E. Walcott: Influences on Presidential Decision-Making23. Stephen G. Walker: The Psychology of Presidential Decision-MakingImplementing Policy24. Robert F. Durant and William G. Resh: Presidential Agendas, Administrative Strategies, and the Bureaucracy25. Anne M. Khademian: The Presidency-Bureaucracy Nexus: Examining Competence and ResponsivenessJudicial Relations26. Lee Epstein and Jeffrey A. Segal: Nominating Federal Judges and Justices27. Keith E. Whittington: Judicial Checks on the PresidentInternational Politics28. Douglas L. Kriner: Presidents, Domestic Politics, and the International Arena29. Jon C. Pevehouse: Presidents and International Cooperation30. William G. Howell and Tana Johnson: War's Contributions to Presidential PowerReflections31. Stephen Skowronek: The Paradigm of Development in Presidential History32. Hugh Heclo: Whose Presidency Is This Anyhow?33. Louis Fisher: Political Scientists and the Public Law Tradition34. George C. Edwards III: The Study of Leadership

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"The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency is an outstanding intellectual enterprise. No student of the American chief executive can afford to be without this landmark work." --Fred I. Greenstein, Professor of Politics Emeritus, Princeton University