3rd Edition

New Directions in the American Presidency

Edited By Lori Cox Han Copyright 2023
    348 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The third edition of New Directions in the American Presidency provides important updates on all topics throughout the text, including new and relevant literature across the subfield of presidency studies within political science. Significant changes have occurred within the political environment since the publication of the second edition. Many scholars refer to the Trump presidency as a "disruption" to the political order, and each chapter will assess the lessons and legacies of the Trump years and analyze how the Biden presidency is faring in the return to a more "traditional" style of presidential leadership.

    New to the Third Edition:

    • Updated chapter on the 2020 presidential campaign and aftermath
    • Assessment of the Trump years: Presidential powers and management of executive branch, use of social media, relationship with Congress, relationship with political parties, public opinion, domestic and foreign policy, Supreme Court appointments
    • Two new chapters—unitary powers, and intersectionality and the presidency

    Chapter 1 – Introduction: Studying Presidents and the Presidency 

     Lori Cox Han

    Chapter 2 – Presidents and the Constitution 

     Victoria A. Farrar-Myers

    Chapter 3 – Presidents and Unilateral Powers

    Sharece Thrower

    Chapter 4 – Presidential Campaigns and Elections

    Randall E. Adkins

    Chapter 5 – Presidents and Political Parties

    Julia R. Azari

    Chapter 6 – Presidents and Mass Media

    Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha

    Chapter 7 – Presidents and Public Opinion

    Diane J. Heith

    Chapter 8 – Presidents and Intersectionality

    Caroline Heldman

    Chapter 9 – Presidents and Congress

    Brandon Rottinghaus

    Chapter 10 – Presidents and the Courts

    Nancy Kassop

    Chapter 11 – Presidents, the White House, and the Executive Branch

    Matthew J. Dickinson

    Chapter 12 – Presidents and Domestic Policy

    Jeremy L. Strickler

    Chapter 13 – Presidents and Foreign Policy

    Meena Bose


    Lori Cox Han is Professor of Political Science and Doy B. Henley Chair of American Presidential Studies at Chapman University.

    Praise for New Directions in the American Presidency, 3rd edition

    "The latest edition of New Directions in the American Presidency carefully surveys the current state of executive branch politics and contemporary research in this area. Leading scholars describe and analyze the political landscape that chief executives interact with, including Congress, the courts, and the media. This volume informs and engages both new students and seasoned scholars who are seeking a broader understanding about presidential power and leadership."

    Mark J. Rozell, George Mason University

    "Once again, Lori Cox Han has delivered an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the American presidency. She and the other all-star presidential scholars assembled in this accessible, brief, and insightful volume deliver timely analysis and bring the reader up-to-date on the most current research in the field. As with the previous two editions, this book will again find its way into undergraduate classrooms as well as graduate student reading lists, and researchers will keep it close at hand."

    Daniel Ponder, Drury University