The American presidency: a very short introduction

The expansion of executive powers amid the war on terrorism has brought the presidency to the center of heated public debate. Now, in this book, presidential authority Charles O. Jones provides invaluable background to the current controversy, in a compact, reliable guide to the office of the chief ... Ausführliche Beschreibung

1. Person: Jones, Charles O.
Format: Buch
Sprache: English
Veröffentlicht: Oxford [u.a.] Oxford Univ. Press 2007
Beschreibung: XIII, 178 S. Ill., graph. Darst.
Serien: Very short introductions ; 165
Schlagworte (SWD): Präsidiales Regierungssystem
USA
Schlagworte (SH): Executive power > United States
Presidents > United States
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992 |a CONTENTS PREFACE IX ACKNOWLEDGMENTS XI LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS XIII LIST OF TABLES XIV 1 INVENTING THE PRESIDENCY 1 2 THE PRESIDENCY FINDS ITS PLACE 24 3 ELECTING PRESIDENTS (AND OTHER WAYS TO OCCUPY THE OVAL OFFICE) 43 4 MAKING AND REMAKING A PRESIDENCY 69 5 CONNECTING TO AND LEADING THE GOVERNMENT 87 6 PRESIDENTS AT WORK: MAKING LAW AND DOING POLICY 109 7 REFORM, CHANGE, AND PROSPECTS FOR THE FUTURE 140 APPENDIX 167 INDEX 172 

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