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The American Presidency: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Charles O. Jones

23 June 2016

ISBN: 9780190458201

208 pages

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Very Short Introductions

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The second edition of this Very Short Introduction focuses on the challenges facing American presidents in meeting the high expectations of the position in a separation of powers system.

  • Stresses the significance of split party control and narrow margins as encouraging greater executive power
  • Emphasizes the high expectations for presidents and the limits imposed by the separation of powers system
  • Adds analysis of electoral campaigns, to include the 2008 economic crisis during the election
  • Incorporates analysis of the recent Obama administration and includes a section on the First Ladies

About the Author(s)

Charles O. Jones, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Charles O. Jones is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. He served as editor of the American Political Science Review and president of the American Political Science Association. He has written many books on various aspects of the American Presidency.

Table of Contents

    1. Inventing the Presidency
    2. The Presidency Finds Its Place
    3. Electing Presidents (and Other Ways to Occupy the Oval Office)
    4. Making and Remaking a Presidency
    5. Connecting to and Leading the Government
    6. Presidents at Work: Making Law and Doing Policy
    7. Reform, Change, and Prospects for the Future
    Appendix: Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States of America