By Charles O. Jones

ISBN-10: 0195307011

ISBN-13: 9780195307016

The growth of govt powers amid the struggle on terrorism has introduced the presidency to the guts of heated public debate. Now, within the American Presidency, presidential authority Charles O. Jones presents worthy heritage to the present controversy, in a compact, trustworthy advisor to the place of work of the manager govt.

This marvelously concise survey is full of information regarding the presidency, a few of it rather amazing. We examine, for instance, that the Founders followed the note "president" over "governor" and different choices since it instructed a mild hand, as in a single who presides, instead of principles. certainly, the Constitutional conference first agreed to a susceptible leader govt elected by means of congress for one seven-year time period, later calling for self reliant election and separation of powers. Jones sheds a lot gentle on how assertive leaders, equivalent to Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, and FDR more advantageous the facility of the presidency, and illuminating how such components as philosophy (Reagan's anti-Communist conservatism), the legacy of prior presidencies (Jimmy Carter following Watergate), kin with Congress, and the influence of outdoor occasions have all encouraged presidential authority. He additionally explores the increase of federal strength and the dramatic growth of federal organisations, displaying how the president takes an instantaneous hand during this monstrous forms, and he examines the political technique of deciding on presidents, from the times of deadlocked conventions to the increase of the first after international battle II.

"In 2 hundred years," he writes, "the presidency had replaced from that of a person--Washington by way of Adams, then Jefferson--to a presidential company with a forged of thousands." Jones explains how this outstanding growth has happened and the place it will possibly lead sooner or later.

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You Can't Understand Twenty-first-Century Politics with an Eighteenth-Century Brain As I travel around the 'country giving talks, I get the same kinds of questions over and over: Why are the Democrats such wimps? What divides them? What do they believe anyway? Why are conservatives so much better at getting their ideas across? Why haven't Democrats been able to accomplish more since they took over control of Congress in 2006? Why do poor conservatives vote against their interests? Why hasn't democratic populism worked?

I was in New York at a gathering of journalists, and we were discussing the use of brain scans that reflected political loyalties. " What could Anna Nicole Smith have to do with politics-or brain scans, for that matter? Abundant clues to the answer could be found on any TV channel that night. There were viewers calling in, recount,ing their emotional responses to Anna Nicole's life and death. Most of them were women, mourning her, idolizing her. Iebrity. Her life and death resonated so profoundly with so many people because she exemplified a remarkable variety of narratives.

Can I freely choose to think just any thought? OI1ly if my brain is structured to make sense of that thought. Can I freely choose not to think certain thoughts when certain words are used and when my brain is tuned to activate those thoughts? We may have no choice. Cut and run. Can you not think cowardice? This book is devoted to the democratization of knowledge, to bringing to a wide audience those grand new discoveries about our own minds that are crucial in understanding how our 'politics works.

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