It is with great pleasure that we introduce the inaugural volume in the Garland series “Politics and Policy in American Institutions.” The series strives to show the interaction of American political institutions within the context of public policymaking. A public policy approach often by definition is all encompassing. Admittedly, my own interests focus on national policymaking, but the series will also include works on all levels of government. Indeed, I do not want my own specialties to define the series. Therefore, we seek solid scholarship incorporating a wide range of actors, including those outside the usual definition of government actors. The policy concerns, too, are potentially quite broad, with special interests in the policy process and such substantive issue areas as foreign and defense policy, economic and budget policy, health care, social welfare, racial politics and the environment. The series will publish a considerable range of works, ranging from upper division to scholarly monographs, including both hard and soft cover editions.
Presidents as Candidates offers a truly unique treatment of the White House role in the reelection efforts of contemporary presidents since 1956. Throughout the volume, Kathryn Tenpas compares and contrasts these eight reelection efforts (from Eisenhower through Clinton). She considers the many unique differences and similarities of each White House-led effort. As with any good study, she considers the multitude of political, institutional and policy factors (domestic, economic and international) that affect the strategies and decisions