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Presidency - Week 1
Transcript of Presidency - Week 1
“The presidency requires you to do more than one thing at a time"
1789 - 1900
1980 - Present
The Traditional Presidency
Few notable presidents
Dramatic Expansion of Powers, Expansion of the Executive Branch
The Postmodern Presidency
Scandal has led to loss of power by the president
Presidency offered modest prestige, narrow authority, and meager resources
Exceptions: Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, and Lincoln
Presidency grows in media exposure, must focus on communication with the public
Continued national debt, increased partisanship has led to stagnation
The President Centered Approach
The Man Shapes the Office
- the day to day process of getting things done
- provides broad changes to the political system
Great Deal of Emphasis on Personality
1. Political Time -
What's happening in the world
2. Political Vision -
Telling the country where it needs to go
3. Political Skills -
Being able to negotiate and horse trade
The Presidency Centered Approach
The Office Shapes the Man
Great deal of emphasis on the structures and rules that surround the Presidency
How do we study Presidents?
M.A., Ph.D. - Harvard University
Governmental Action is the measuring stick
1. Focus on the tactics of influence
Worked with Truman Administration
"Presidential Power" (1960)
Advised JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton and tutored Al Gore
Founded Kennedy School of Government
Should be measured on his personal ability to impact the conduct of men
2. How the president acquires influence