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Rivals for Power

Presidential-Congressional Relations

Rivals for Power
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Rivals for Power is a penetrating and up-to-date description of the power struggle between the president and Congress. In it, leading congressional and presidential scholars and knowledgeable former public officials present a vivid explanation of the historical, political, and constitutional complexities of presidential-congressional relations. The lively essays from multiple perspectives analyze President Barack Obama’s historic conflict and at times cooperation with Congress in domestic and foreign policy making. The authors in this book compare President Obama’s relationship with Congress to previous presidents what the relationship means for the American public, the media, interest groups, and the world.

This fifth edition compares policy making and earlier relationships between the president and Congress to those of President Obama. The contributors have had experience from lobbying and writing about Congress and the president, from inside the White House, from in executive branch departments and agencies, and from a practical understanding of the Hill. Because the authors have played roles as scholars, journalists, lobbyists, and public officials, they present unique perspectives on the power struggle between the president and Congress. The essays cover a variety of important topics including, the political context of the rivalry between the president and Congress, the evolution of the legislative presidency, the impact of increased political polarization on White House relations with the Hill, the organization of the White House and congressional leadership, the role of lobbyists and the media in contemporary battles between the president and Congress, the presidential and congressional conflict over the budget and regulations, and the president and Congress and foreign, defense and terrorism policy.
Rivals for Power ends with an overall assessment of presidential-congressional relations and the need for reform. This fifth edition of Rivals for Power is intended for students, scholars, citizens, public officials, and the media.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; July 2013
370 pages; ISBN 9781442222595
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