The Paradoxes of the American Presidency

The Paradoxes of the American Presidency

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What, exactly, do Americans want from their president? A strong, innovative leader or someone who simply follows the will of the people? A president who insists on the ideals of his party or someone who builds bipartisan support? A president who exercises power forcefully or someone who establishes consensus before doing anything? The answer, according to the authors of this text, is that Americans want the president to be a leader and a follower, partisan and bipartisan, innovative and conservative. For example, it is expected that presidents will provide visionary leadership, and yet at the same time be ever-sensitive to public opinion polls. Americans want a president with the power to solve the nation's problems, yet are inherently suspicious of centralized leadership and the abuse of power. This study explores the paradoxes inherent in the role of more

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  • Hardback | 446 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 748.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195116925
  • 9780195116922

About Thomas E. Cronin

About the Authors: Thomas E. Cronin is a noted political scientist and writer who has written widely on American government. His books include The State of the Presidency; Direct Democracy; and he is coauthor of the best-selling text Government by the People. He serves as President of Whitman College. Michael A. Genovese is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies. He is the author of The Presidential Dilemma, The Presidency in an Age of Limits, and other more

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