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The American Presidency: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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The expansion of executive powers amid the war on terrorism has brought the presidency to the center of heated public debate. Now, in The American Presidency, presidential authority Charles O. Jones provides invaluable background to the current controversy, in a compact, reliable guide to the office of the chief executive.

This marvelously concise survey is packed with information about the presidency, some of it quite surprising. We learn, for example, that the Founders adopted the word "president" over "governor" and other alternatives because it suggested a light hand, as in one who presides, rather than rules. Indeed, the Constitutional Convention first agreed to a weak chief executive elected by congress for one seven-year term, later calling for independent election and separation of powers. Jones sheds much light on how assertive leaders, such as Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, and FDR enhanced the power of the presidency, and illuminating how such factors as philosophy (Reagan's anti-Communist conservatism), the legacy of previous presidencies (Jimmy Carter following Watergate), relations with Congress, and the impact of outside events have all influenced presidential authority. He also explores the rise of federal power and the dramatic expansion of federal agencies, showing how the president takes a direct hand in this vast bureaucracy, and he examines the political process of selecting presidents, from the days of deadlocked conventions to the rise of the primary after World War II.

"In 200 years," he writes, "the presidency had changed from that of a person--Washington followed by Adams, then Jefferson--to a presidential enterprise with a cast of thousands." Jones explains how this remarkable expansion has occurred and where it may lead in the future.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Synopsis:

Presidential authority Jones provides invaluable background to the current controversy over the expansion of executive powers, in this compact, reliable guide to the office of the chief executive.

About the Author

Charles O. Jones is Hawkins Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His many books include The Presidency in a Separated System, Clinton and Congress, 1993-1996, and Passages to the Presidency.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195307016
Author:
Jones, Charles O.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Charles O.
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Executive power
Subject:
Organizations.
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Political Parties
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Political Parties and Organizations
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
Executive power -- United States.
Subject:
Politics | American Politics | Political Parties & Organizations
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics
Subject:
American Politics | Political Parties & Organizations
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Series Volume:
No. 790
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones, 1 line illus.
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
4.400 x 6.800 in 0.400 lb

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