“This book is truly a must-read for every course on the modern American presidency." (*)
This history of presidential studies surveys the views of leading thinkers and scholars about the constitutional powers of the highest office in the land from the founding to the present. The authors distill three paradigms of presidential power, namely Hamiltonian (strong president and strong but limited national government), Jeffersonian (weak president and weak national government), and Progressive (strong president and a strong but unlimited national government). The work of some eighty contemporary political scientists and historians is discussed in the thematic chapters in Part III of the book, the Empirical Presidency, which is new to this edition. There is also a new chapter on the Bush and Obama presidencies, as well as a new foreword, introduction, and conclusion.
"This book is an intellectual tour de force that traces the development of thinking about the American presidency from its architects to contemporary scholarly analysts. It covers an amazingly diverse catalog of topics and brings them together in a coherent fashion that is accessible to many audiences. Essential for any graduate student who wants to understand the intellectual terrain of presidential scholarship, this book is also an indispensable guide for faculty who plan to teach a course on the presidency at the graduate or undergraduate level. It's an ideal tool for syllabus construction, and would serve as an excellent core text in an undergraduate course for political science majors, with links to key readings. In short, anyone interested in the central and enduring debates surrounding the presidency—including office-holders—should add this volume to their personal libraries." — David A. Crockett, Trinity University
"The Presidency and Political Science, written by two of the leading and most prolific scholars on the presidency, Ray Tatalovich and Steve Schier, traces the intellectual discussion of presidential power. From debates by Hamilton and Madison, to the post-World War II acclamations of Burns, Neustadt, Finer, and Rossiter, to the criticisms of Barber, Reedy, and Schlesinger, to contemporary scholarship, each view of presidential power is framed within the constraints of personality, constitutional interpretation, and political time. This book is truly a must-read for every course on the modern American presidency." — Shirley Anne Warshaw, Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies, Gettysburg College (*)
"This fluent and absorbing work is a graduate student's dream. It distills the assertions about the American presidency of two centuries of political observers, and places them in a meaningful context. One only hopes that graduate students use this fine book as a prelude and not a substitute to reading the works the authors elucidate." — Fred I. Greenstein, Emeritus, Princeton University
"An invaluable and highly recommended contribution to the field of American political science." — The Midwest Book Review