From routine operations to the workings of a White House in crisis, this comprehensive, best-selling text examines all facets of the presidency in rich detail, with a special emphasis on policy. George C. Edwards and Stephen J. Wayne use an engaging combination of analytical prose and timely, fascinating examples to examine the presidency from two theoretical standpoints--the President as "facilitator," and the President as "director of change." Their theoretical (versus chronological) approach, combined with the currency and relevance of the material covered in the text, have made PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP: POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING the most comprehensive and best-selling text available today for your presidential studies course.
About The Authors
George C. Edwards, III
George C. Edwards III, one of the country's leading scholars of the presidency, is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. He also holds the George and Julia Blucher Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies in the Bush School, and has held visiting appointments at Oxford, the University of London, Peking University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the University of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was the founder and from 1991-2001 the director of The Center for Presidential Studies. He has authored dozens of articles and has written or edited nineteen books on American politics and public policy making, including AT THE MARGINS: PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP OF CONGRESS, PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL, PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP, NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, IMPLEMENTING PUBLIC POLICY, and RESEARCHING THE PRESIDENCY. He is also editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly. Among his latest books, ON DEAF EARS: THE LIMITS OF THE BULLY PULPIT is a study of the effectiveness of presidential leadership of public opinion, and WHY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS BAD FOR AMERICA advocates direct election of the president. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Roper Center and the Board of Trustees of the Center for the Study of the Presidency.
Stephen J. Wayne
Stephen Wayne received his B.A. from the University of Rochester and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. An expert on the American Presidency, he has written nine books, several in multiple editions, and over 100 articles, chapters, and book reviews. His major works include THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE, recently published in its seventh edition; THE LEGISLATIVE PRESIDENCY; PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP (with George C. Edwards), now in its sixth edition; a co-authored introductory text, entitled THE POLITICS OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, now in its third edition; IS THIS ANY WAY TO RUN A DEMOCRATIC ELECTION? and THE ELECTION OF THE CENTURY (with Clyde Wilcox), a book of readings on the 2000 presidential and congressional elections by graduate students, faculty, and alumni of the Government Department of Georgetown University. He is currently editing another book of readings by Georgetown students and faculty on "ISSUES OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE IN THE UNITED STATES." A Washington-based insider for over 30 years, Professor Wayne is a frequently-quoted commentator on the presidency and presidential elections. He has served as President of the Presidency Research Group and The National Capital Area Political Science Association, regularly lectures to international visitors, senior federal executives, and college students in the United States and abroad, and has testified before Congress and both major political parties.
Boxed features throughout help students examine the idea of president as "facilitator" and as "director of change."
"Hot Button Issue" boxes highlight areas of special interest to students, including voter apathy, campaign finance reform, and the importance of presidential character.
Thought-provoking questions and Web exercises conclude each chapter, promoting student discussion and debate.
Clearly delineates the relationship between Congress and the president.
Discusses the tension between the public's desire for strong leadership and its wariness of unchecked power.