Presidential Frontiers: Underexplored Issues in White House Politics

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Afterword

One of the most interesting aspects of the American presidency is the way time continues to bring up new questions, new problems, and new issues, or revives old ones that we thought had been settled or had become dormant. While much remains the same in our politics, things do change, and anyone who has studied the nation's highest office--whether as a scholar or as a citizen-observer-- knows that it does matter who is president and how that person approaches the job. Just as we can continually make recourse to the founding of our Republic for insights into the workings of our political system, so we can read today's paper to see what new developments might color our judgments. In some periods, presidents such as Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan have dominated the politics of their times; in other times, chief executives such as Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter and even Bill Clinton have appeared to be overwhelmed by circumstances. On occasion, the office seems so powerful that the White House is the center of the world; at other times, scholars ask themselves and each other what is wrong with an institution in trouble.

Scholarship, like politics, is not static. Presidential scholars have often been affected by the events of their times, moving them to undertake research in areas they had previously overlooked or ignored. This volume is an attempt to prod us once again: to look at new issues or to look afresh at old issues. Its chapters show that some things that we have long studied--such as presidential power-- are still relevant, while new questions and topics also warrant attention.


THE LONG-STANDING ISSUE OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER

Power has been a perennial issue in presidential studies. Even before Richard Neustadt published Presidential Power, students of the office were concerned

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Table of contents

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Part I - The First Frontier: The Nature of the Office 1
  • Chapter 1 - The Normative Study of the Presidency 3
  • Notes 17
  • Chapter 2 - The President as Representative 23
  • Notes 34
  • References 35
  • Chapter 3 Washington And/Or Versailles: the White House as a Court Society 37
  • References 51
  • Chapter 4 - Electing Presidents and Other Potentates 53
  • Part II - New Insights on Power and Policy 77
  • Chapter 5 - The Overlooked Relevance of the Pardon Power 79
  • References 96
  • Chapter 6 - The Presidency and Social Policy 99
  • References 114
  • Chapter 7 - The Other Side of War: Presidential Peace Powers 119
  • References 133
  • Chapter 8 - The President and Federal Reserve Nominations 135
  • References 146
  • Part III - New Political and Cultural Frontiers 149
  • Chapter 9 - The Presidency as a Cultural Pulpit 151
  • References 175
  • Chapter 10 - The Other Side of Power: Who Is Left Out of Presidential Rhetoric? 179
  • References 190
  • Chapter 11 - First Partner: First Ladies and Their Roles 195
  • Appendix 221
  • Notes 223
  • References 223
  • Afterword 227
  • References 230
  • Index 231
  • About the Contributors 235
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