The Constitution and the American Presidency

Edited by Martin L. Fausold & Alan Shank

Subjects: Constitutional Studies
Series: SUNY series on the Presidency: Contemporary Issues
Paperback : 9780791404683, 352 pages, February 1991
Hardcover : 9780791404676, 352 pages, March 1991

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Table of contents

Forrest McDonald



The Presidency and Constitutional Development

Part I. Constitutional Development of the Presidency:
Historical Perspectives

Introduction to Part I

1. The Jefferson Presidency and Constitutional Beginnings
Ralph Ketcham

2. The Constitution and the Presidencies: The Jackson Era
Robert V. Remini

3. The Constitution of the Lincoln Presidency and the Republican Era
Michael Les Benedict

4. The Constitution of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidency and the Progressive Era
William H. Harbaugh

5. The Constitution of the Hoover and F. Roosevelt Presidency and the Depression Era
Ellis W. Hawley

6. The Constitution of the Truman Presidency and the Post-World War II Era
Donald R. McCoy

Part II. The Constitution and the Modern Presidency:
Political Science Perspectives

Introduction to Part II

7. The Constitutional Presidency in American Political Development
Jeffrey K. Tulis

8. The Constitution and Presidential Budget Powers: The Modern Era
Louis K. Fisher

9. The Modern Presidency and the Constitution: Foreign Policy
Louis W. Koenig

10. Presidential War Powers, the War Powers Resolution, and the Persian Gulf
Richard M. Pious

11. The Presidency and the Future of Constitutional Government
Donald L. Robinson

Afterword Presidential Power and the Ideological
Struggle Over Its Interpretation
Theodore J. Lowi

An Historian's Last Word
Martin L. Fausold

A Political Science Perspective
Alan Shank



Subject Index

Name Index


In this unusual and provocative volume, historians examine the presidencies of Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, F. D. R., and Truman, while political scientists assess the contemporary presidency and suggest a range of reforms, from modest to radical, including fundamental alterations to the balance of power between the presidency and the Congress.

Martin L. Fausold is Distinguished Service Professor of History and Chairman of the Division of Social Sciences at State University of New York at Geneseo. He is the author of Gifford Pinchot, Bull Moose Progressive; The Hoover Presidency: A Reappraisal; James W. Wadsworth Jr.: The Gentleman from New York; and The Presidency of Herbert Hoover. Alan Shank is Professor and Chairperson of Political Science at State University of New York at Geneseo. He is the author of New Jersey Reapportionment Politics, co-author of Urban Perspectives, editor of American Politics, Policies, and Priorities; Political Power and the Urban Crisis, and co-editor of Educational Investment in an Urban Society.


"It presents coverage of constitutional and presidential powers by some of the top scholars of the presidency. No other book has managed to pull together so many topics dealing with the Constitution and the presidency." — John K. White

"This book combines the analysis and insights of both historians and political scientists and applies them to a topic where that combination can be used to optimal advantage: the presidency in the context of the Constitution." — Louis W. Koenig

"It is a provocative book, encouraging citizens to rethink important parts of their past as well as what is right and wrong with the presidency today." — Paul E. Scheele