Our understanding of the politics of the presidency is greatly enhanced by viewing it through a developmental lens, analyzing how historical turns have shaped the modern institution. The Development of the American Presidency pays great attention to that historical weight but is organized topically and conceptually with the constitutional origins and political development of the presidency its central focus. Through comprehensive and in-depth coverage, this text looks at how the presidency has evolved in relation to the public, to Congress, to the Executive branch, and to the law, showing at every step how different aspects of the presidency have followed distinct trajectories of change. All the while, Ellis illustrates the institutional relationships and tensions through stories about particular individuals and specific political conflicts. Ellis's own classroom pedagogy of promoting active learning and critical thinking is well reflected in these pages. Each chapter begins with a narrative account of some illustrative puzzle that brings to life a central concept. A wealth of photos, figures, and tables allow for the visual presentations of concepts. A companion website t only acts as a further resources base - directing students to primary documents, newspapers, and data sources - but also presents interactive timelines, practice quizzes, and key terms to help students master the book's lessons.
Richard J. Ellis is the Mark O. Hatfield Professor of Politics at Willamette University. He has been awarded Oregon Teacher of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as well as numerous other awards for both scholarship and teaching. He is the author or editor of over 15 books, including Judging Executive Power: Sixteen Supreme Court Cases That Have Shaped the American Presidency, Debating the Presidency: Conflicting Perspectives on the American Executive, and Presidential Travel: The Journey from George Washington to George W. Bush.
Richard J. Ellis
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Government & Constitution
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8 black & white tables, 3 black & white line drawings