1st Edition

New Directions in the American Presidency

ISBN 9780415878029
Published December 8, 2010 by Routledge
240 Pages

USD $59.95

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Book Description

The study of the American presidency, both as a political institution and the men who have held the office, is one of the most fascinating and dynamic fields of study within American government. New Directions in the American Presidency takes a current look at the various issues facing the presidency and provides a "state of the art" overview of current trends in the field of presidency research.

This edited volume covers all of the standard topics necessary for use in an undergraduate-level presidency course or a graduate-level seminar while also bringing together key disciplinary debates and treatment of important current real-world developments. Each chapter is written with students in mind so that it remains accessible, interesting, and engaging and does not inundate readers with pedantic or jargonistic terms. This will undoubtedly become a key resource to engage students in the exciting debates over scholarship on presidential politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Studying the Presidency Lori Cox Han 2. The Presidency and the Constitution David Gray Adler 3. Presidential Campaigns and Elections Randall E. Adkins 4. The Public Presidency: Communications and Media Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha 5. The Presidency and Public Opinion Diane J. Heith 6. The Presidency and Congress Brandon Rottinghaus 7. The Presidency and the Courts Nancy Kassop 8. White House Staff Justin S. Vaughn and José D. Villalobos 9. The Presidency and the Executive Branch Matthew J. Dickinson 10. The Presidency and Domestic Policy David Shafie 11. The Presidency and Foreign Policy Meena Bose

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Lori Cox Han is Professor of Political Science at Chapman University. She is the author of A Presidency Upstaged: The Public Leadership of George H.W. Bush; Governing From Center Stage: White House Communication Strategies During the Television Age of Politics; and Women and U.S. Politics: The Spectrum of Political Leadership. She is also co-editor of Rethinking Madam President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?; The Presidency and the Challenge of Democracy; and In the Public Domain: Presidents and the Challenges of Public Leadership.


"New Directions in the American Presidency is an outstanding contribution to presidency studies. Each chapter succinctly reviews an important area of presidential research while providing insights from that work on recent presidents. This will be excellent for course use as well as a valuable reference volume."
Peri E. Arnold, University of Notre Dame

"In this impressive new book, Lori Cox Han delivers a comprehensive overview of the modern presidency from an impressive array of presidential scholars. This book will no doubt become required reading for those who teach the presidency."
Victoria H. Allen, CUNY, Queens College

"In this highly salient text, Lori Cox Han has pulled together some of the leading scholars in the various subfields of Presidency research and situated their contributions in the context of major debates in the discipline. The result is an engaging and comprehensive book that will appeal to graduate as well as undergraduate students of the Presidency."
Nancy Baker, New Mexico State University

"New Directions in the American Presidency brings together an accomplished set of scholars who use their experience as teachers and their vast knowledge of the subject to produce an accessible, interesting and current volume. New Directions is an excellent read for anyone interested in the evolution and current trends in the American Presidency. It will make an outstanding book for undergraduate and graduate courses."
Wayne Steger, DePaul University

"New Directions in the American Presidency is written in a manner that is accessible to an undergraduate audience in an introductory course on the US presidency as well as to graduate students and seasoned scholars in the field."

A.L. Warber, Choice, September 2011