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The Paradoxes of the American Presidency

Sixth Edition

Author Thomas E. Cronin, Michael A. Genovese, and Meena Bose

Publication Date - June 2022

ISBN: 9780197641316

324 pages

Retail Price to Students: $94.99

Elegantly written, timely, and easily accessible to students, this text considers the crucial questions--and paradoxes--surrounding the American presidency


The new edition of The Paradoxes of the American Presidency--now with three prize-winning presidential scholars: Thomas E. Cronin, Michael A. Genovese, and Meena Bose--explores the complex institution of the American presidency by presenting a series of paradoxes that shape and define the office. The book has been updated to reflect recent political events, including the presidency of Barack Obama; the 2012 and 2014 elections, with greater emphasis on the importance of the Presidential midterm election; the primary and presidential election of 2016; and the 2020 election and beginning of the Biden Administration. This must-read sixth edition incorporates findings from the latest scholarship, recent elections and court cases, and essential survey research.

New to this Edition

  • Covers the late Trump presidency and the beginning of the Biden presidency
  • Fully updated to cover the most pressing issues facing the institution of the presidency today

About the Author(s)

Thomas E. Cronin is McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership at Colorado College and President Emeritus at Whitman College.

Michael A. Genovese is the Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Meena Bose is Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies at Hofstra University and Director of Hofstra's Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency.

Table of Contents


    Chapter One. Presidential Paradoxes
    Chapter Two. Evaluating Presidents
    Chapter Three. Electing Presidents
    Chapter Four. Presidential Power and Leadership
    Chapter Five. Presidents and Congress
    Chapter Six. Presidents and the Courts
    Chapter Seven. Presidents as Chief Executives
    Chapter Eight. Presidential Leadership and Domestic and Economic Policy
    Chapter Nine. Presidential Leadership and Foreign and Defense Policy
    Chapter Ten. The Future of the American Presidency

    Presidential Election Results

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