The Polarized Presidency of George W. Bush

Hardcover | May 24, 2007

EditorGeorge C Edwards III, Desmond King

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This collection examines the foreign and domestic policies of President George W Bush's administration. The analysis begins with an account of how highly polarized - in terms of public opinion and electoral patterns - this presidency has proved to be (in a chapter by the editors). This isfollowed by chapters on the use of unilateral executive powers (by Louis Fisher and William Howell) and pre-rogative powers (by Richard Pious). Because the policy choices of the Bush presidency have had such fundamental effects both in domestic policy and in US foreign policy, three contributors(Thomas Langston, John Burke, James Pfiffner) then address the processes of decision making especially in respect to the war against Iraq. How the administration governs by a recurring process of campaigning is examined in chapters on public opinion and war (by Gary Jacobson), the promotionalpresidency (by Larry Jacobs), mobilizing congressional support for war (by Scott Blinder) and the White House communications system (by Martha Kumar). Finally the way in which the Bush White House relates to congress and the process of building congressional coalitions to enact laws is the subjectof chapters on 'executive style' of this administration (by Charles O Jones) and the failure to reform social security (by Fiona Ross). It will be essential reading for anyone wishing to understand one of the most controversial administrations in recent years.

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This collection examines the foreign and domestic policies of President George W Bush's administration. The analysis begins with an account of how highly polarized - in terms of public opinion and electoral patterns - this presidency has proved to be (in a chapter by the editors). This isfollowed by chapters on the use of unilateral ex...

George C. Edwards III is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas AandM University. He also holds the Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies in the Bush School, and has served as the Olin Professor of American Government at Oxford, the John Adams Fellow at the University of London, and held senior visiting appointments at Pe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:478 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.18 inPublished:May 24, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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George C. Edwards III and Desmond S. King: IntroductionPart I: Exercising Power2. Louis Fisher: The Scope of Inherent Powers,3. Richard Pious, Barnard College: Torture of Detainees and Presidential Prerogative Power4. William Howell and Douglas Kriner, Harvard University: Bending so as Not to Break: What the Bush Presidency Reveals about the Politics of Unilateral Action,Part II: Decision making5. Thomas Langston: "The Decider's"Path to War in Iraq and the Importance of Personality6. John Burke: From Success to Failure? Iraq and the Organization of George W. Bush's Decision Making7. James Pfiffner: Intelligence and Decision Making Before the War with IraqPart III: Governing by Campaigning8. Gary C. Jacobson: The Public, the President, and the War in Iraq9. Larry Jacobs: The Promotional Presidency and the New Institutional Toryism: Public Mobilization, Legislative Dominance, and Squandered Opportunities10. Scott Blinder: Going Public, Going to Baghdad: Presidential Agenda-Setting and the Electoral Connection in Congress11. Martha Kumar: Managing the News: The Bush Communications OperationPart IV: Building Congressional Coalitions12. Charles O. Jones: The U. S. Congress and Chief Executive George W. Bush,13. Fiona Ross: Policy Histories and Partisan Leadership in Presidential Studies: The Case of Social Security