Constitution and the American Presidency, The

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In this unusual and provocative volume, historians examine the presidencies of Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, F. D. R., and Truman, while political scientists assess the contemporary presidency and suggest a range of reforms, from modest to radical, including fundamental alterations to the balance of power between the presidency and the Congress.
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Martin L. Fausold is Distinguished Service Professor of History and Chairman of the Division of Social Sciences at State University of New York at Geneseo. He is the author of Gifford Pinchot, Bull Moose Progressive; The Hoover Presidency: A Reappraisal; James W. Wadsworth Jr.: The Gentleman from New York; and The Presidency of Herbert Hoover.

Alan Shank is Professor and Chairperson of Political Science at State University of New York at Geneseo. He is the author of New Jersey Reapportionment Politics, co-author of Urban Perspectives, editor of American Politics, Policies, and Priorities; Political Power and the Urban Crisis, and co-editor of Educational Investment in an Urban Society.

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SUNY Press
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781438402413
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English
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Political Science / General
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