SUNY series on the Presidency: Contemporary Issues

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Meeting the Moment

Inspiring stories of six US presidents and the distinctive leadership characteristics that set them apart and transformed America.

Emerging from the Shadows

First-of-its-kind study offering a model for understanding vice-presidential influence in the modern era.

Leadership and Legacy

Applies a variety of scholarly approaches to analyze the long-term impact of President Obama as a leader and policymaker.

The Obama Presidency

Lively and engaging essays covering President Obama’s domestic and foreign policy, governing style, and character.

JFK, LBJ, and the Democratic Party

A comprehensive account of JFK’s and LBJ’s leadership of the Democratic Party in the 1960s.

In the Name of Terrorism

Traces the shifts in presidential discourse on terrorism since World War II.

In the Public Domain

Explores how recent presidents have managed communications with the American public.

George W. Bush

Essays on the first two years of the Bush presidency.

Popular Justice

Explores the interaction between the presidency and the U. S. Supreme Court.

Groupthink or Deadlock

Argues that too much advice can lead to policy deadlock depending on leadership style.

Ross for Boss

Presents an empirical study of Perot's 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns and the implications for third-party politics in the United States.

The Environmental Presidency

Examines how the modern presidency has responded to environmental concerns.

Explaining Congressional-Presidential Relations

Provides a multivariate analysis of presidential-congressional interaction.

Presidents and Foreign Policy

Examines ten important and controversial U. S. presidential foreign policy decisions in the post-World War II period, including one major controversy for each president from Truman to Clinton.

The American Presidency Under Siege

Attributes the failure of the modern presidency to the development of a political system that inherently impedes creative leadership, and offers prescriptive measures to restore the governing capacity of the president.

American Presidential Elections

Milton Cummings, Everett Ladd, David Mayhew, Gerald Pomper, and Harvey Schantz analyze presidential elections over the sweep of American history and examine their impact on political parties, public policy, and society.


This study of presidential administrations from Nixon through Clinton discusses how and why the White House has become the dominant player in the domestic policy process, relegating the departments to implementation, rather than design, of key initiatives.

Controversial Issues in Presidential Selection

This new edition provides the latest on controversies surrounding the presidential selection process. The text is two-thirds new material, with new articles by John F. Bibby, Robert D. Brown, Emmett H. ...

Beyond Persuasion

Beyond Persuasion is the first systematic, multi-administration study of presidential power and influence. Moving beyond Richard Neustadt's Presidential Power, this book offers a model of presidential ...

The Constitution and the American Presidency

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 ...

Supremely Political

Drawing upon revealing and generally unpublished presidential papers associated with Lyndon Johnson's ill-fated nomination of Abe Fortas, and Richard Nixon's failed designations of Clement F. Haynsworth ...

The President as Prisoner

This book focuses, not on the Constitutional balance of power between Congress and the White House—a focus that restricts analysis to questions of means—but on the more unsettling and often unexamined ...