The George W. Bush Presidency. Volume I: The Constitution, Politics, and Policy Making


Meena Bose (Editor)
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, USA

Series: Political Leaders and Their Assessment
BISAC: POL040010

The George W. Bush Presidency reshaped American politics through its policies and its use of executive power. This volume engages fundamental debates about the Bush (43) presidency’s expansive interpretation of executive power, primarily in foreign and national-security policy, but also more generally for leadership and policy making. It examines presidential elections and party realignments in the early twenty-first century and their consequences for White House policy making. It analyzes how the Bush administration pursued initiatives in faith-based programs and homeland security, and established organizational structures that would endure well beyond his presidency. The volume also examines how the Bush (43) presidency established an enduring legacy in American politics through the Supreme Court and the Office of the First Lady. It concludes with an assessment of how these many areas of executive action and influence continue to direct presidential governance. By examining their evolution, this volume reveals choices and constraints in American politics today that derive from President Bush’s leadership. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Meena Bose (Hofstra University, NY, USA)

James P. Pfiffner (George Mason University, VA, USA)

Part I: Executive Power and the Constitution in the George W. Bush Presidency

Chapter 1. Law vs. Politics in the Counterterrorism Policies of the George W. Bush Administration: The Sacrifice of One for the Other?
Nancy Kassop (State University of New York at New Paltz, NY, USA)

Chapter 2. George W. Bush’s Administrative Presidency: Unilateral Action and the “Unitary Executive Branch”
Andrew Rudalevige (Bowdoin College, ME, USA)

Chapter 3. The Unitary Executive and the Bush Presidency
Robert J. Spitzer (State University of New York at Cortland, NY, USA)

Chapter 4. Commentary: Understanding the George W. Bush Presidency
Peter Baker, Alan C. Low

Part II: Political Leadership in the George W. Bush Presidency

Chapter 5. The Ideological Character of George W. Bush
Graham G. Dodds (Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada)

Chapter 6. Thwarted Realignment: George W. Bush, the Republican Party, and the Elections of 2000-2008
Michael Nelson (Rhodes College, TN, USA)

Chapter 7. Bush and the Faith-Based Initiative: Forgoing the Role of Chief Legislator
Donna R. Hoffman and Alison D. Howard (University of Northern Iowa, IA, USA, and others)

Chapter 8. Doing Well vs. Being Great: Comparing the Bush and Obama Doctrines
Stanley Renshon (City University of New York Graduate Center, NY, USA)

Chapter 9. Commentary: Politics and Policy Making in the George W. Bush Presidency
John Bridgeland, John J. DiIulio, Jr. and Peter Wehner

Part III: Policy Making in the George W. Bush Presidency

Chapter 10. ‘We Must Work Every Day to Improve’: The Creation and Evolution of a Homeland Security Infrastructure in the George W. Bush White House [1]
David B. Cohen, Dane S. Egli and Terrence M. O’Sullivan (University of Akron, OH, USA, and others)

Chapter 11. Strategic Staffing After 9/11: George W. Bush’s National Security Czars
Justin S. Vaughn (Boise State University, ID, USA)

Chapter 12. George W. Bush, Strategic Justices, and Legacy Building on the U.S. Supreme Court
David Yalof (University of Connecticut, CT, USA)

Chapter 13. True to the Mission: Laura Bush’s Legacy as First Lady
Dana Cooper (Stephen F. Austin State University, TX, USA)

Chapter 14. The Leadership of First Lady Laura Bush
Anita McBride, Anne-Imelda Radice, Adair Margo



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