This course has three aims: to survey the institutional development and current operation of the presidency; to examine the politics of presidential leadership, including the processes of selection of governance; and to consider the interaction of the two. Topics to be addressed include the constitutional framework; Federalist-Antifederalist debate, especially the American ambivalence toward executive power; historical development of the office and its relation to party systems; the process of nominating and electing the president; and the relationship of the office to the other branches.
Interpretation, Logical Reasoning
Students will be invited to consider how levels and conceptions of presidential power evolve with changing institutional arrangements, and to interrogate the premises underlying these conceptions as well as their political and systemic implications.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-American)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Stephen Skowronek, The Politics Presidents Make (Belknap, 1993)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One mid-term, one short paper, and one final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students who wish to be eligible to register for the course during Drop/Add should add themselves to the enrollment request system during on-line registration. They should also fill out a waitlist form from here: https://wesfiles.wesleyan.edu/home/elim/web/Waitlist.htm.
|Instructor(s): Lim,Elvin Times: .M.W... 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: PAC004; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 24||SR major: 11||JR major: 11|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: X||FR: X|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
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