The Modern Presidency by James P. Pfiffner

By James P. Pfiffner

The trendy PRESIDENCY, 5th version, is a concise, available and complex textual content at the presidency. Case studies-a significant energy of this brief text-illustrate vital facets of presidential motion and decision-making. Written by means of a best student at the presidency, and carefully up to date via 2006 to incorporate the presidency of George W. Bush, the textual content bargains not just with presidents as participants, but in addition with the massive associations that make up the fashionable presidency.

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The Modern Presidency

The trendy PRESIDENCY, 5th version, is a concise, obtainable and complex textual content at the presidency. Case studies-a significant energy of this brief text-illustrate vital features of presidential motion and decision-making. Written through a best pupil at the presidency, and carefully up-to-date via 2006 to incorporate the presidency of George W.

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If the federal requirement were not there, candidates might appeal to regional clusters of voters whose votes could be aggregated across states and regions. This could potentially be divisive and lead to discord. This argument for the Electoral College depends in great part on the fact that states have individually adopted the unit rule of counting all of their electoral votes as a block. Proponents of direct popular vote argue that federalism is indeed an important component of the constitutional system, but that the Electoral College system is not crucial to its maintenance.

The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1966), vol. 2, p. 171. 13. Slonim, ‘‘Designing the Electoral College,’’ pp. 48, 49. 14. Farrand, The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 (June 1, 1787), vol. 2, p. 66. 15. Farrand, The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, vol. 2, p. 31 ( July 17, 1787). Note the nature of the analogy; a blind man is not a good judge of colors not because he is incapable of solid reasoning but rather because he cannot perceive the appropriate information.

Nor was it contemplated that the United States government would operate under a general principle of majority rule, though majority rule is often used in decision making within governmental institutions. The governmental system was designed by the Framers to be a republic, with representatives of the people chosen to govern. Nevertheless, since the founding of the Republic, the nature of our polity has changed in important ways, and the Constitution has been amended to reflect some of those changes.

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