In spite of all that has been written on the U.S. presidency, no
book before this has come forth in the 20th century on the
president as party leader. A respected senior scholar, James W.
Davis has studied the presidency for more than 40 years and has
been on the campaign trail with candidates and incumbents and at
national party meetings. He has written a lively text that is
tailor-made for courses on the presidency, political parties, and
elections. This is good reading for everyone who is interested in
American government and politics and who wants to understand what
makes a president a strong leader.
This history and political analysis shows how presidents and
political parties need each other and demonstrates why presidents
must understand and be immersed in the political process to be
effective. The text examines the emergence of the party leader
through nominating and general election campaigns, presidential and
congressional party interaction, eras of divided government, as
well as the relationship between the president and the party's
national committee. It also presents the role of the presidential
party and of the president in his public roles and then discusses
reforms that may strengthen the president as an executive and as a
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