Schedule of Class Lectures Summer 2005
Readings Additional Readings
5/31 Introduction, class administration; The Study of American Politics.
6/1 The American Political System and Political Culture; a presidential system? Gary L. Gregg II The Presidential Republic, Executive Representation and Deliberative Democracy; Nelson Preface & Part I
Lloyd Cutler, "To Form a Government"
Eugene V. Rostow, "President, Prime Minister or Constitutional Monarch?" American Journal of International Law, Vol. 83, No. 4, The United States Constitution in its Third Century: Foreign Affairs. (Oct., 1989), pp. 740-749.
6/2 Theoretical Schemes of the Presidency. Richard J. Ellis, Ed., Founding the American Presidency; Rating the Presidents James Taranto and Leonard Leo, Eds., Presidential Leadership: Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House
Nelson Part I; Neustadt-Part 1; in Nelson: Tullis, “Two Constitutional Presidencies” Quirk, “Presidential Competence”
H. Mark Roelofs, The Prophetic President: Charisma in the American Political Tradition
6/7 Separation of Powers and Constitutional Theory;
The Bifurcated President; Lowi (entire book)
6/8 The Individual President; in Nelson: Tullis, “Two Constitutional Presidencies” Quirk, “Presidential Competence,” Nelson, “The Psychological Presidency” J. D. Barber The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House.
6/9 Exam—on all material to date. Bring an 8.5 x 11 Blue Book
6/14 The Public Presidency; Elections; Nelson Part III; Nelson Ch. 11, 12 & 14
Shlomo Slonim, "The Electoral College at Philadelphia: The Evolution of an Ad Hoc Congress for the Selection of a President" The Journal of American History, Vol. 73, No. 1. (Jun., 1986), pp. 35-58. Tara Ross, Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College. Gary L. Gregg II, Ed., Securing Democracy: Why We Have an Electoral College
6/15 Electoral Politics Nelson Part III; The Presidency and the Public Nelson Part IV.
6/16 Presidents in Political Time; The Psychological President.
S. Skowronek, The Politics Presidents Make (entire book);
Nelson Ch. VI & VII
6/21 Exam—on all material to date. Bring an 8.5 x 11 Blue Book
6/22 No Class
6/23 Legislative politics; Executive Politics Nelson Part V; Presidential Politics The Executive and Congress. Nelson Ch. 17
Gilmour Durr, and Wolbrecht, "Explaining Congressional Approval"
David W. Rohde, Dennis M. Simon, "Presidential Vetoes and Congressional Response: A Study of Institutional Conflict"
Kiewiet and McCubbins "Presidential Influence on Congressional Appropriations Decisions"
William F. West, Joseph Cooper, "Legislative Influence v. Presidential Dominance: Competing Models of Bureaucratic Control"
6/28 The president, Congress and the executive; Stephen Mayer, With a Stroke of the Pen: Executive Orders and Presidential Power (entire book)
6/29 Conclusion; Summary Nelson Ch. 20 & 8.
6/30 Exam—in class, on Part 3
Page last updated: 05/31/05 visitors since May 27, 2005