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The Politics of the Presidency

The Politics of the Presidency
Revised 10th Edition

Tenth Edition

November 2021 | 680 pages | CQ Press
Get the most up-to-date coverage and analysis of the presidency.

Never losing sight of the foundations of the office, The Politics of the Presidency maintains a balance between historical context and contemporary scholarship on the executive branch, providing a solid foundation for any presidency course. In this Revised Tenth Edition, bestselling authors Joseph A. Pika, John Anthony Maltese, and Andrew Rudalevige present a thorough analysis of the change and continuity following the November 2020 presidential election and Biden administration.

Part I The President and the Public
Chapter 1 The Changing Presidency
Chapter 2 Election Politics
Chapter 3 Public Politics
Chapter 4 Presidential Character and Performance
Part II The President and the Government
Chapter 5 Legislative Politics
Chapter 6 Executive Politics
Chapter 7 Judicial Politics
Part III The President and Public Policy
Chapter 8 The Politics of Domestic Policy
Chapter 9 The Politics of Economic Policy
Chapter 10 The Politics of National Security Policy
Chapter 11 Joseph R. Biden, Jr.: Transition to Power and First Hundred Days
Key features


  • Closer Look at Ethics - An expanded section on presidential ethics and removal in light of the storming of the U.S. Capitol and the second Trump impeachment.
  • Revised and Updated for the 2020 Elections - Full incorporation of 2020 election data throughout the chapter including the competition for the Democrats' nomination; distinctive features of a social distancing campaign and conventions; and the electoral college results reversing outcomes of the 2016 election.
  • Updated Look at Judicial Appointments - A full discussion of Trump's federal judicial appointments, including his three Supreme Court picks and a preliminary look at Biden's approach to judicial appointments.
  • Detailed Coverage of Economic Struggles - Full discussion of how Trump, Biden and Congress responded to the economic challenges posed by the COVID Recession a decade after the Great Recession as well as an expanded discussion of President Trump's crusade against regulation and the incorporation of Biden's personnel choices to staff the organizations responsible for economic policy.
  • NEW Chapter 11 provides an account both of the Trump legacy and how Biden has reacted to it. This chapter traces the numerous distractions to the Biden transition presented by the aftermath of the 2020 campaign, Trump’s refusal to accept its results, the January special elections in Georgia, and the Capitol insurrection and Trump’s subsequent second impeachment. It provides details on Biden’s transition process and inauguration, followed by his first 100 days in office.
  • NEW Learning Objectives give a detailed look at what students should be taking away from each chapter.
  • Full Coverage of 2020, from social movements and the economy, to COVID and the 2020 elections, this edition is thoroughly revised to cover the issues the executive office has covered in 2020 and the first half of 2021.  
  • "Web Resources" sections offer readers an opportunity to pursue topics of interest.
  • A balanced assessment of all men who have held this central office enable readers to think critically about each president’s records of success and failure, disappointment and surprise.

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ISBN: 9781544390796