Mike Nelson - The Presidency and the Political System



In a 2007 survey of college courses on the presidency by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, The Presidency and the Political System was found to be used in more courses than any other book in existence.

The Tenth Edition features current scholarship through revised, yet time-tested, essays that continue to explore the themes of presidential power and effectiveness, most notably in a new chapter from Stephen Skrownek. Contributions by new authors Lara M. Brown, Elvin T. Lim, and Roger B. Porter complete this up-to-date edition to reflect Barack Obama’s first term, the 2012 election, and an early assessment of Obama’s second term agenda.

New to this edition are four brand new chapters, and all returning contributors have revised their essays to reflect recent events and developments as well as the latest scholarship and trends in the field.
For the complete description by CQ Press go to their webpage here:



Michael Nelson, editor and coauthor of the book, 
is Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College 
and a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.