602 pages | 43 B/W Illus.
A full understanding of the institution of the American presidency requires us to examine how it developed from the founding to the present. This developmental lens, analyzing how historical turns have shaped the modern institution, allows for a richer, more nuanced understanding. The Development of the American Presidency pays great attention to that historical weight but is organized by the topics and concepts relevant to political science, with the constitutional origins and political development of the presidency its central focus. Through comprehensive and in-depth coverage, Richard Ellis looks at how the presidency has evolved in relation to the public, to Congress, to the executive branch, and to the law, showing at every step how different aspects of the presidency have followed distinct trajectories of change. Each chapter promotes active learning, beginning with a narrative account of some illustrative puzzle that brings to life a central concept. A wealth of photos, figures, and tables allow for the visual presentations of concepts.
New to the Third Edition
Discussion of recent developments in the legislative and legal realms, including Trump’s first hundred days, the Garland–Gorsuch episode, and abolition of the filibuster for Supreme Court appointments;
Praise for the Third Edition
Richard Ellis’ The Development of the American Presidency is a unique and easy-to-use text for a standard presidency course. Because it is organized topically and not chronologically, the political development content is delivered in a framework organized around the institutional and behavior issues examined in most courses, resulting in a comprehensive text that provides the valuable historical context necessary to understand the institution of the presidency.
Karen S. Hoffman, Marquette University
The Development of the American Presidency is an outstanding text and will significantly enhance any student’s understanding of the presidency. It is thorough and authoritative but accessible, and its intuitive organization makes it easy to find information on virtually any topic. By demonstrating that the contemporary presidency is determined by what has come before, it will help students get beyond the headlines to appreciate the nature of the office and its ever-evolving role in American politics and governance.
Graham G. Dodds, Concordia University
Combining engaging prose with innovative, puzzle-based pedagogy, Richard Ellis’ book continues to provide the perfect option for those looking for an overview of the presidency without sacrificing deep historical understanding. Careful readers will come away with not only a thorough understanding of the powers and politics of the American president today, but also great insight into the historical moments that caused the institution to develop as it has.
Justin S. Vaughn, Boise State University; Director, Center for Idaho History & Politics
1. Envisioning the Presidency
2. Selecting the President
3. The Public Presidency
4. Legislative Presidency
5. War-Making Presidency
6. The Unilateral Presidency
7. Organizing the Presidency
8. Removal Power and the Unitary Executive
9. The President and the Judiciary
10. Law and Executive Power
11. Evaluating Presidents