1st Edition

The Upcoming Insignificance of the American Presidency Flouting the Framer's Forewarnings

By Wilbur C. Rich Copyright 2024
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    This new text analyzes the development of the presidency as the dominant political institution in the United States and raises questions about its future relevance. 

    In this history of the U.S. executive branch from the framing of the Constitution to the Biden administration, author Wilbur C. Rich illuminates the transformation of the presidential role by a variety of extra-constitutional, non-legal forces, technology, and social changes.The book highlights how some presidents nevertheless have managed to maintain relevancy and dominance by adapting to these changes or by introducing changes of their own. 

    For undergraduate students and researchers of presidential history and American political development, this expansive historical overview of the executive branch in America makes a strong case that the significance of the American presidency has declined dramatically—and perhaps irrevocably—in the modern presidency.

    1 The Post-Colonial Gentry and Ruminations of Agency

    2 Elites’ Fashioning a Front Man

    3 The Transmutation of Presidents into Economic Czars

    4 Presidents Through Ages of Foreign Policy

    5 Desideratum of Staffing—Send in the “Lilliputians”

    6 News Reporting and Presidency

    7 Presidential Stability and Rapid Change



    Wilbur C. Rich is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science (emeritus) at Wellesley College, USA.