As the most prominent figure of the U.S. government, the president is under constant scrutiny from both his colleagues and the American people. Questions about the proper role of the president have been especially prevalent in the media during the current economic crisis. The Presidency in the Twenty-first Century explores the growth of presidential power, investigating its social, political, and economic impact on America's present and future.
Editor Charles W. Dunn and a team of the nation's leading political scientists examine a variety of topics, from the link between campaigning and governing to trends in presidential communication with the public. The book discusses the role of the presidency in a government designed to require cooperation with Congress and how this relationship is further complicated by the expectations of the public. Several contributors take a closer look at the Obama administration in light of President George W. Bush's emphasis on the unitary executive, a governing style that continues to be highly controversial. Dunn and his contributors provide readers with a thorough analysis of a rapidly changing political role, provoking important questions about the future of America's political system.
"Charles Dunn has pulled together some of the most outstanding scholars and thinkers currently dealing with the American presidency." -- Gary Gregg, author of Vital Remnants: America's Founding and the Western Tradtion
"The discussions in The Presidency in the Twenty-first Century are innovative, creative, and far-seeing. The essays are not only timely, but are in some ways timeless." -- Phillip G. Henderson, professor and chair, Department of Politics, Catholic University
"An effective snapshot of where the presidency appears to be heading in the 21st Century... carried along by thoughtful insights provided by some of the discipline's best minds." -- Choice Magazine
"Deserves to be included with Neustadt's Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents and Cronin and Genovese's Paradoxes of the American Presidency as guides to understanding and teaching about the most important and yet most challenged American institution: The Presidency." -- Studies in American Culture