Presidential power is perhaps one of the most central issues in the study of the American presidency. Since Richard E. Neustadt's classic study, first published in 1960, there has not been a book that thoroughly examines the issue of presidential power. Presidential Power: Theories and Dilemmas by noted scholar John P. Burke provides an updated and comprehensive look at the issues, constraints, and exercise of presidential power.
This book considers the enduring question of how presidents can effectively exercise power within our system of shared powers by examining major tools and theories of presidential power, including Neustadt's theory of persuasion and bargaining as power, constitutional and inherent powers, Samuel Kernell's theory of going public, models of historical time, and the notion of internal time. Using illustrative examples from historical and contemporary presidencies, Burke helps students and scholars better understand how presidents can manage the public's expectations, navigate presidential-congressional relations, and exercise influence in order to achieve their policy goals.
INTRODUCTION: Presidential Power and Its Dilemmas CHAPTER ONE: The Madisonian Dilemma CHAPTER TWO: Neustadt and the "Modern" Conception of Presidential Power CHAPTER THREE: The Executive's Prerogative: Inherent Constitutional Powers CHAPTER FOUR: Going Public and Presidential Power CHAPTER FIVE: Presidential Power and Historical Time, Variously Interpreted CHAPTER SIX: The First Term: Internal Time and Presidential Power CHAPTER SEVEN: The Second Term: Internal Time and Presidential Power CHAPTER EIGHT: Lessons for Presidential Power, Today and Beyond