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Presidential and American politics, American institutions, public policy and political behavior

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GOV 330K • The American President

38420 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM WAG 420

 

 

Government 330K

The American President

 

Unique: 38420

Closing limit: 75

TTH 12:30-2pm, WAG 420

 

Professor Bruce Buchanan                                                

Fall, 2016

 

Course Purpose

 

This course explores the nature of presidential leadership through an examination of the leadership strategies of past presidents and the current incumbent.  The goals are to deepen your understanding of how the presidency works and to sharpen your ability to assess the qualifications of candidates and the job performance of presidents.

 

Course Organization   The course is organized into the following three parts and associated lecture topics

 

  1. Development of the Presidency:  How and why did presidential power grow?  What does presidential history teach the American people to expect of presidents?  How does historical precedent affect current presidential performance? What is the nature of presidential leadership?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Functions and Values

            2.  The Presidency Defined and Launched: Washington

            3.  The Presidency Democratized:  Jefferson and Jackson

            4.  Presidential Morality and Power:  Polk and Lincoln

            5.  The Presidency Modernized:  TR, Wilson, FDR

            6.  Why Reputations Change:  Truman, Eisenhower, JFK

            7.  The Impact of Vietnam and Watergate:  Johnson and Nixon

            8.  Preliminary Appraisals:  From Ford to Bush II

            9.  The Lessons of Presidential History

 

B.  Current Presidential Operations:  What are the responsibilities of the institution and what resources are available to meet them?  What are the “state of the art” strategies for deploying resources to achieve a president’s political and policy objectives?  How can the quality of a president’s performance in office be reasonably measured?   

 

 

            1.  Introduction:  The Grounds for Judgment

            2.  The Campaign for Office

            3.  The Domestic Policy Arena

            4.  Confronting Congress

            5.  Media:  The Classic Dilemma

            6.  The Budget and Economic Policy

            7.  Foreign Policy

            8.  Presidential Competence and the Public Interest

 

  1. Evaluating Presidential Candidates:  What are the grounds for choice among presidential candidates?  How important is character, relative to issue positions and track-record, in appraising the qualifications of candidates?  How well does the presidential selection system work?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Five Dimensions of Presidential Leadership

            2.  Candidate Qualifications

            3.  Character:  Avoiding Troubled Candidates

 

D.  Course Conclusion:  The Division of Labor

 

                                                           Student Responsibilities

 

  1. Two short-answer essay mid-term examinations (30% of grade each)
  2. Combination take-home final/mini-term paper (40% of grade)
  3. Regular attendance (After 2 “free” absences course grade subject to decrease by ½ letter grade—five points--per subsequent absence).

            Note:  Pluses and Minuses will not be used for final course grades.

 

 

                                                               Required Readings

 

 

J. Pfiffner (2011) The Modern Presidency, 6th ed.

M. Nelson, ed. (2012) The Evolving Presidency, 4th ed.

F. Greenstein (2009) The Presidential difference, 3d.ed.

Regular newspaper reading—presidency stories in New York Times, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal.

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Am Polit

38620 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 2.102

GOV 370L

Leaders and Followers in American Politics

Fall 2016 topic:  Presidential Power and Accountability

 

Course Description

 

 

Unique: 38620

Closing limit: 24

Flags: Wr

TTH 9:30-11am, MEZ 2.102

 

 

Professor Bruce Buchanan

 

 

Course Content and Objectives

 

            Presidential Power and Accountability is a discussion course (with occasional lectures) whose fall 2016 topic is the uses and abuses of presidential power during the Bush and Obama Administrations.  Its goals are to increase your understanding of the topic while sharpening your thinking, research, writing and speaking skills. All course requirements are aimed at helping you to achieve these goals.

 

Responsibilities

 

                                                            Preconditions

 

  1. 1.    Regular attendance (After 2 “free” absences course grade subject to decrease by 1/2 letter grade per subsequent absence).
  2. 2.    Daily reading of relevant stories in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or Washington Post
  3. 3.    Timely completion of news and text reading assignments

           

           

                                                            Graded categories

 

  1. 1.    Mid-Term and Take-Home Final Examinations on common readings, relevant presidential news and instructor presentations (40%)
  2. 2.    Research Project Formal presentation  (25%
  3. 3.    Research Project rough draft and12 page final report (25%)
  4. 4.    Regular participation in discussions (10%)

 

Required Readings  

 

Savage, Charlie. 2015. Power Wars. Little, Brown

Readings Packet and Canvas articles TBA.

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

37765 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM UTC 2.102A

Government 312L

Issues and Policies in American Government

Spring, 2016 Topic: The Citizen’s Presidency

Unique #37765

Professor Bruce Buchanan                                                

Spring, 2016

T, Th 2-3:30 

UTC 2.102A                           

Office:  BAT 3.122                           

Instructor Office Hours:  T, Th 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

 

Course Description

          

Course Purpose This course seeks to help you do better the two things citizens must do well if the presidency is to work:  choose and judge presidents.  The concepts and information presented are similar to those found in other presidency courses, but with one important difference.  Here they are subordinated to the citizen’s-eye-view of the presidency and tested for relevance to the tasks of presidential citizenship: evaluation of presidential performance and of presidential candidate qualifications.

 

Course Organization   The course is organized into the following three parts and associated lecture topics

 

A.  Presidential Precedents How do past presidents (and national experience, and changing circumstances) influence the way an incumbent chief executive performs and is judged?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Functions and Values

            2.  The Presidency Defined and Launched: Washington

             3.  The Presidency Democratized:  Jefferson and Jackson                          

            4.  Presidential Morality and Power:  Polk and Lincoln

            5.  The Presidency Modernized:  TR, Wilson, FDR

            6.  Why Reputations Change:  Truman, Eisenhower, JFK

            7.  The Impact of Vietnam and Watergate:  Johnson and Nixon

            8.  Preliminary Appraisals:  From Ford to Obama

            9.  The Lessons of Presidential   History

 

B.  Current Presidential Operations  What is the president's "job description", and how can we tell if the incumbent is performing well?

 

            1.  Introduction:  The Grounds for Judgment

            2.  The Campaign for Office

            3.  The Domestic Policy Arena

            4.  Confronting Congress

            5.  Media:  The Classic Dilemma

            6.  The Budget and Economic Policy

            7.  Foreign Policy

            8.  Presidential Competence and the Public Interest

 

C.  Evaluating Presidential Candidates.  What are the reasons for preferring one presidential candidate to another?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Five Dimensions of Presidential Leadership

            2.  Candidate Qualifications

            3.  Character:  Avoiding Troubled Candidates

 

D.  Course Conclusion:  The Division of Labor

 

 

Required Readings

 

J.A. Pika, and J.A. Maltese. 2014.  The Politics of the Presidency, (revised 8th Edition).

 

M. Nelson, ed. 2016. The Evolving Presidency. (5th Edition).

 

Presidency news from a national daily paper:  e.g., The New York Times, or  Wall Street Journal.

 

 

Student Responsibilities

 

            a. Timely completion of weekly reading assignments

            b. 2 multiple choice mid-term examinations                                   30% each

            c. 1 mixed-mode (multiple choice and essay) final exam,                40%

                        (Note:  Pluses and minuses will not be used for final course grades)

            d. Attendance is required. 

e. Take scheduled exams. Make-up exams are for emergencies only. 

GOV 330K • The American President

37865 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 0.112

Government 330K

The American President

Unique #37865

Professor Bruce Buchanan                                                

Spring, 2016

T, Th 9:30 -11                            

CLA 0.112                            

Office:  BAT 3.122                           

Office Hours:   T, Th 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

 

Course Purpose

 

This course explores the nature of presidential leadership through an examination of the leadership strategies of past presidents and the current incumbent.  The goals are to deepen your understanding of how the presidency works and to sharpen your ability to assess the qualifications of candidates and the job performance of presidents.

 

Course Organization   The course is organized into the following three parts and associated lecture topics

 

  1. Development of the Presidency:  How and why did presidential power grow?  What does presidential history teach the American people to expect of presidents?  How does historical precedent affect current presidential performance? What is the nature of presidential leadership?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Functions and Values

            2.  The Presidency Defined and Launched: Washington

            3.  The Presidency Democratized:  Jefferson and Jackson

            4.  Presidential Morality and Power:  Polk and Lincoln

            5.  The Presidency Modernized:  TR, Wilson, FDR

            6.  Why Reputations Change:  Truman, Eisenhower, JFK

            7.  The Impact of Vietnam and Watergate:  Johnson and Nixon

            8.  Preliminary Appraisals:  From Ford to Bush II

            9.  The Lessons of Presidential History

 

B.  Current Presidential Operations:  What are the responsibilities of the institution and what resources are available to meet them?  What are the “state of the art” strategies for deploying resources to achieve a president’s political and policy objectives?  How can the quality of a president’s performance in office be reasonably measured?   

 

 

            1.  Introduction:  The Grounds for Judgment

            2.  The Campaign for Office

            3.  The Domestic Policy Arena

            4.  Confronting Congress

            5.  Media:  The Classic Dilemma

            6.  The Budget and Economic Policy

            7.  Foreign Policy

            8.  Presidential Competence and the Public Interest

 

  1. Evaluating Presidential Candidates:  What are the grounds for choice among presidential candidates?  How important is character, relative to issue positions and track-record, in appraising the qualifications of candidates?  How well does the presidential selection system work?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Five Dimensions of Presidential Leadership

            2.  Candidate Qualifications

            3.  Character:  Avoiding Troubled Candidates

 

D.  Course Conclusion:  The Division of Labor

 

 Student Responsibilities

 

  1. Two short-answer essay mid-term examinations (30% of grade each)
  2. Combination take-home final/mini-term paper (40% of grade)
  3. Attendance is required.

            (Note:  Pluses and Minuses will not be used for final course grades.)

           4.  Timely completion of weekly readings

                                                                

Required Readings

 

 

J. Pfiffner (2011) The Modern Presidency, 6th ed.

M. Nelson, ed. (2016) The Evolving Presidency, 5th ed.

F. Greenstein (2009) The Presidential difference, 3d.ed.

Regular newspaper reading—presidency stories in New York Times, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal.

GOV 330K • The American President

37890 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 0.130

Course Purpose

 

This course explores the nature of presidential leadership through an examination of the leadership strategies of past presidents and the current incumbent.  The goals are to deepen your understanding of how the presidency works and to sharpen your ability to assess the qualifications of candidates and the job performance of presidents.

 

Course Description   The course is organized into the following three parts and associated lecture topics

 

  1. Development of the Presidency:  How and why did presidential power grow?  What does presidential history teach the American people to expect of presidents?  How does historical precedent affect current presidential performance? What is the nature of presidential leadership?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Functions and Values

            2.  The Presidency Defined and Launched: Washington

            3.  The Presidency Democratized:  Jefferson and Jackson

            4.  Presidential Morality and Power:  Polk and Lincoln

            5.  The Presidency Modernized:  TR, Wilson, FDR

            6.  Why Reputations Change:  Truman, Eisenhower, JFK

            7.  The Impact of Vietnam and Watergate:  Johnson and Nixon

            8.  Preliminary Appraisals:  From Ford to Bush II

            9.  The Lessons of Presidential History

 

B.  Current Presidential Operations:  What are the responsibilities of the institution and what resources are available to meet them?  What are the “state of the art” strategies for deploying resources to achieve a president’s political and policy objectives?  How can the quality of a president’s performance in office be reasonably measured?   

 

 

            1.  Introduction:  The Grounds for Judgment

            2.  The Campaign for Office

            3.  The Domestic Policy Arena

            4.  Confronting Congress

            5.  Media:  The Classic Dilemma

            6.  The Budget and Economic Policy

            7.  Foreign Policy

            8.  Presidential Competence and the Public Interest

 

  1. Evaluating Presidential Candidates:  What are the grounds for choice among presidential candidates?  How important is character, relative to issue positions and track-record, in appraising the qualifications of candidates?  How well does the presidential selection system work?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Five Dimensions of Presidential Leadership

            2.  Candidate Qualifications

            3.  Character:  Avoiding Troubled Candidates

 

D.  Course Conclusion:  The Division of Labor

 

                                                           Student Responsibilities

 

  1. Two short-answer essay mid-term examinations (30% of grade each)
  2. Combination take-home final/mini-term paper (40% of grade)
  3. Regular attendance (After 2 “free” absences course grade subject to decrease by ½ letter grade—five points--per subsequent absence).

            Note:  Pluses and Minuses will not be used for final course grades.

 

 

                                                               Required Readings

 

 

J. Pfiffner (2011) The Modern Presidency, 6th ed.

M. Nelson, ed. (2012) The Evolving Presidency, 4th ed.

F. Greenstein (2009) The Presidential difference, 3d.ed.

Regular newspaper reading—presidency stories in New York Times, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal.

GOV 381L • The American Presidency

38114 • Spring 2015
Meets TH 12:30PM-3:30PM BAT 1.104

Course Content and Aims This course is cross-listed in the Government Department and the LBJ School, which reflects its theory-practice orientation. Course topics and readings offer an overview of the interdisciplinary field of presidency studies. The questions that integrate the topics covered are “What is the mission of the presidency”  “How does the institution work?” (i.e., what structures and processes serve the mission?)  “What is presidential leadership and what makes it effective?”(e.g., Case examples of good, fair and poor presidential performance).  “What is the state of scholarly research on these and other relevant topics?”  The course has three aims: To provide an introduction to the major literature on the presidency, to identify and address enduringly important research and practice questions about the institution and its central figure, and to sharpen student problem clarification, writing, deliberation and presentation skills. Required Readings The following titles have been ordered through the Co-op:

 

Morris, Irwin L.  2010. The American Presidency:  An Analytical Approach.  New York:  Cambridge University Press.

Nelson, M. 2014. The Presidency and the Political System. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 10th ed. Greenstein, F.2009 The Presidential Difference, 3rd ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Ippolito, Dennis S.  2003.  Why Budgets Matter.  University Park, PA:  Pennsylvania State University Press.

Neustadt, R.E. 1990. Presidential Power. New York: Free Press, 4th ed

 

Additional required readings in Readings Packet (designated “RP” on syllabus) and on this course’s Canvas site (designated CV on syllabus).  The RP will be available at Abel’s Copying. You are also expected to be up-to-date on major presidential news.

 

 

 

Student Responsibilities

1. Six 'reaction' papers. (30%) 3-5 pages, (assigned questions are starred * on outline)

2.  Presentation (with handouts) on outside readings: book or two articles (20%) 3. Final paper. (15%) Topic depends on student objectives. 4. Final paper presentation (15%) 5. Verbal participation (20%) in seminar discussions. Topics, Dates, Paper Assignments I. Introduction

A. Requirements; The Functions of the Presidency; Presidency Theory and Practice(1/22)

B. Presidential Leadership in Comparative Perspective: Research and Practice (1/29) * (What is presidential leadership? presidency research? How do/should they relate?)

II. History, Presidential Accountability and the Constitution

A. History: Theories and Cases (2/5) B. The Presidential Accountability System (PAS) and the Constitution (2/12)

*(How well does the PAS support the Constitution?)

III. The Operational Presidency

A. Managing the White House (2/19)

B. Domestic Policy Leadership (3/5) C. Presidential Influence in Congress (3/12) *(identify and assess the tools of policy leadership) D. The Budget and Economic Policy (3/26) E. Foreign Policy/National Security (4/2) *(Appraise President Obama’s performance to date in economic and foreign policy)

IV. Classic Theoretical Perspectives

A. Presidential Power (4/9) B. Presidential Character (4/16) *(compare Neustadt/Barber/Buchanan visions of presidential leadership)

V. The Presidency and the People

A. Presidential Selection (4/23) B. Media and Communications (4/30) C. Public Opinion and Performance Evaluation (5/7)    *(Appraise the core interactions between presidents and citizens).

VI. Final Paper Presentations (TBA)

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

38740 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ 1.306

Course Purpose This course seeks to help you do better the two things citizens must do well if the presidency is to work:  choose and judge presidents.  It tries to offer useful answers to the question, “Where should I look and what should I look for to better choose and judge?”  The concepts and information presented are similar to those found in other presidency courses, but with one important difference.  Here they are subordinated to the citizen’s-eye-view of the presidency and tested for relevance to the evaluation of presidential performance and presidential candidate qualifications.

 

Course Organization   The course is organized into the following three parts and associated lecture topics

 

A.  Presidential Precedents How do past presidents (and national experience, and changing circumstances) influence the way an incumbent chief executive performs and is judged?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Functions and Values

            2.  The Presidency Defined and Launched: Washington

             3.  The Presidency Democratized:  Jefferson and Jackson                          

            4.  Presidential Morality and Power:  Polk and Lincoln

            5.  The Presidency Modernized:  TR, Wilson, FDR

            6.  Why Reputations Change:  Truman, Eisenhower, JFK

            7.  The Impact of Vietnam and Watergate:  Johnson and Nixon

            8.  Preliminary Appraisals:  From Ford to Bush II

            9.  The Lessons of Presidential   History

 

B.  Current Presidential Operations  What is the president's "job description", and how can we tell if the incumbent is performing well?

 

            1.  Introduction:  The Grounds for Judgment

            2.  The Campaign for Office

            3.  The Domestic Policy Arena

            4.  Confronting Congress

            5.  Media:  The Classic Dilemma

            6.  The Budget and Economic Policy

            7.  Foreign Policy

            8.  Presidential Competence and the Public Interest

 

C.  Evaluating Presidential Candidates.  What are the reasons for preferring one presidential candidate to another?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Five Dimensions of Presidential Leadership

            2.  Candidate Qualifications

            3.  Character:  Avoiding Troubled Candidates

 

D.  Course Conclusion:  The Division of Labor

 

                                                           Student Responsibilities

 

            1.  Attendance is required.  More than three absences=lower course grade (one-half letter                  grade reduction for each absence after 3).

 

            2. Make-up exams are for emergencies only, not for scheduling convenience.  Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Students facing emergencies must notify the instructor or a T.A. before missing an exam unless it is physically impossible.

 

            3.  Unexcused absences from any scheduled exam may result in a score of zero for that exam. 

                                                                 Grading Criteria

 

2 multiple choice mid-term examinations                                       30% each

1 mixed-mode (multiple choice and essay) final exam,                    40%

Note:  Pluses and minuses will not be used for final course grades

 

                                                               Required Readings

 

J.A. Pika, and J.A. Maltese. 2013.  The Politics of the Presidency, (8th Edition).

 

M. Nelson, ed. 2012. The Evolving Presidency. (4th Edition).

 

One national daily newspaper:  e.g., The Washington Post, New York Times, or  Wall Street Journal

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Am Polit

39000 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 3:00PM-4:30PM BEN 1.108

GOV 370L

Leaders and Followers in American Politics

Fall 2014 topic:  Presidential Power and Accountability

 

Course Description

 

 

 

Professor Bruce Buchanan

Fall, 2014

 

Course Prerequisite

 

Upper-division standing

 

Course Content and Objectives

 

            Presidential Power and Accountability is a lecture/discussion course whose fall 2014 topic is the recent uses and abuses of presidential power.  Its goals are to increase your understanding of the topic while sharpening your thinking, research, writing and speaking skills. All course requirements are aimed at helping you to achieve these goals.

 

Responsibilities

 

                                                            Preconditions

 

  1. 1.    Regular attendance (After 2 “free” absences course grade subject to decrease by 1/2 letter grade per subsequent absence).
  2. 2.    Daily reading of relevant stories in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or Washington Post
  3. 3.    Timely completion of news and text reading assignments

           

           

                                                            Graded categories

 

  1. 1.    Mid-Term and Take-Home Final Examinations on common readings, relevant presidential news and instructor presentations (40%)
  2. 2.    Research Project Formal presentation  (25%
  3. 3.    Research Project rough draft and12 page final report (25%)
  4. 4.    Regular participation in discussions (10%)

  

Required Readings  

 

Buchanan, Bruce.  2013.  Presidential Power and Accountability

Savage, Charlie. 2007. Takeover. 

Readings Packet and Blackboard articles TBA.

  

Flag: Writing

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

39069 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CLA 0.126

Prerequisites 

Gov 310L or equivalent

 

Course Description

This course seeks to help you do better the two things citizens must do well if the presidency is to work:  choose and judge presidents.  It tries to offer useful answers to the question, “Where should I look and what should I look for to better choose and judge?”  The concepts and information presented are similar to those found in other presidency courses, but with one important difference.  Here they are subordinated to the citizen’s-eye-view of the presidency and tested for relevance to the evaluation of presidential performance and presidential candidate qualifications.

 

 

Grading Policy

2 multiple choice mid-term examinations 30% each

1 combination essay/multiple choice final exam, 40%

 

Texts 

J.A. Pika, and J.A. Maltese. 2013.  The Politics of the Presidency, (8th Edition). 

M. Nelson, ed. 2012. The Evolving Presidency. (4th Edition).

One national daily newspaper:  e.g., The Washington Post, New York Times, or  Wall Street Journal.

GOV 330K • The American President

39110 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM CLA 1.106

Course Purpose

 

This course explores the nature of presidential leadership through an examination of the leadership strategies of past presidents and the current incumbent.  The goals are to deepen your understanding of how the presidency works and to sharpen your ability to assess the qualifications of candidates and the job performance of presidents.

 

Course Organization   The course is organized into the following three parts and associated lecture topics

 

  1. Development of the Presidency:  How and why did presidential power grow?  What does presidential history teach the American people to expect of presidents?  How does historical precedent affect current presidential performance? What is the nature of presidential leadership?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Functions and Values

            2.  The Presidency Defined and Launched: Washington

            3.  The Presidency Democratized:  Jefferson and Jackson

            4.  Presidential Morality and Power:  Polk and Lincoln

            5.  The Presidency Modernized:  TR, Wilson, FDR

            6.  Why Reputations Change:  Truman, Eisenhower, JFK

            7.  The Impact of Vietnam and Watergate:  Johnson and Nixon

            8.  Preliminary Appraisals:  From Ford to Bush II

            9.  The Lessons of Presidential History

 

B.  Current Presidential Operations:  What are the responsibilities of the institution and what resources are available to meet them?  What are the “state of the art” strategies for deploying resources to achieve a president’s political and policy objectives?  How can the quality of a president’s performance in office be reasonably measured?   

 

            1.  Introduction:  The Grounds for Judgment

            2.  The Campaign for Office

            3.  The Domestic Policy Arena

            4.  Confronting Congress

            5.  Media:  The Classic Dilemma

            6.  The Budget and Economic Policy

            7.  Foreign Policy

            8.  Presidential Competence and the Public Interest

 

  1. Evaluating Presidential Candidates:  What are the grounds for choice among presidential candidates?  How important is character, relative to issue positions and track-record, in appraising the qualifications of candidates?  How well does the presidential selection system work?

 

            1.  Introduction:  Five Dimensions of Presidential Leadership

            2.  Candidate Qualifications

            3.  Character:  Avoiding Troubled Candidates

 

D.  Course Conclusion:  The Division of Labor

 

Student Responsibilities

 

  1. Two short-answer essay mid-term examinations (30% of grade each)
  2. Combination take-home final/mini-term paper (40% of grade)
  3. Regular attendance (After 2 “free” absences course grade subject to decrease by ½ letter grade—five points--per subsequent absence).

  

 Required Readings

J. Pfiffner (2011) The Modern Presidency, 6th ed.

M. Nelson, ed. (2012) The Evolving Presidency, 4th ed.

F. Greenstein (2009) The Presidential difference, 3d.ed.

GOV 312P • Constitutnl Prins: Core Texts

39115 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM JES A121A

Prerequisites 

Gov 310L or equivalent

 

Course Description

This course seeks to help you do better the two things citizens must do well if the presidency is to work:  choose and judge presidents.  It tries to offer useful answers to the question, “Where should I look and what should I look for to better choose and judge?”  The concepts and information presented are similar to those found in other presidency courses, but with one important difference.  Here they are subordinated to the citizen’s-eye-view of the presidency and tested for relevance to the evaluation of presidential performance and presidential candidate qualifications.

 

 

Grading Policy

2 multiple choice mid-term examinations 30% each

1 combination essay/multiple choice final exam, 40%

 

Texts 

J.A. Pika, and J.A. Maltese. 2013.  The Politics of the Presidency, (8th Edition). 

M. Nelson, ed. 2012. The Evolving Presidency. (4th Edition).

One national daily newspaper:  e.g., The Washington Post, New York Times, or  Wall Street Journal.

 

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Am Polit

39315 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.212

Prerequisites

Upper-division standing

 

Course Description

            Presidential Power and Accountability is a lecture/discussion course whose fall 2013 topic is the recent uses and abuses of presidential power.  Its goals are to increase your understanding of the topic while sharpening your thinking, research, writing and speaking skills. All course requirements are aimed at helping you to achieve these goals.

Preconditions

1.    Regular attendance (After 2 “free” absences course grade subject to decrease by 1/2 letter grade per subsequent absence).

2.    Daily reading of relevant stories in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or Washington Post

3.    Timely completion of news and text reading assignments

           

Grading Policy

1.    Mid-Term and Take-Home Final Examinations on common readings, relevant presidential news and instructor presentations (40%)

2.    Research Project Formal presentation  (25%

3.    Research Project rough draft and12 page final report (25%)

4.    Regular participation in discussions (10%)

  

Texts

Buchanan, Bruce.  2013.  Presidential Power and Accountability

GOV S330K • The American President

85180 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM MEZ B0.306

Prerequisites

Upper division standing

Course Description

This course explores the nature of presidential leadership through an examination of the leadership strategies of past presidents and the current incumbent.  The goals are to deepen your understanding of how the presidency works and to sharpen your ability to assess the qualifications of candidates and the job performance of presidents.

Course Organization   The course is organized into the following three parts and associated lecture topics

  1. Development of the Presidency:  How and why did presidential power grow?  What does presidential history teach the American people to expect of presidents?  How does historical precedent affect current presidential performance? What is the nature of presidential leadership?

            1.  Introduction:  Functions and Values

            2.  The Presidency Defined and Launched: Washington

            3.  The Presidency Democratized:  Jefferson and Jackson

            4.  Presidential Morality and Power:  Polk and Lincoln

            5.  The Presidency Modernized:  TR, Wilson, FDR

            6.  Why Reputations Change:  Truman, Eisenhower, JFK

            7.  The Impact of Vietnam and Watergate:  Johnson and Nixon

            8.  Preliminary Appraisals:  From Ford to Bush II

            9.  The Lessons of Presidential   History

 B.  Current Presidential Operations:  What are the responsibilities of the institution and what resources are available to meet them?  What are the “state of the art” strategies for deploying resources to achieve a president’s political and policy objectives?  How can the quality  of a president’s performance in office be reasonably measured?    

            1.  Introduction:  The Grounds for Judgment

            2.  The Campaign for Office

            3.  The Domestic Policy Arena

            4.  Confronting Congress

            5.  Media:  The Classic Dilemma

            6.  The Budget and Economic Policy

            7.  Foreign Policy

            8.  Presidential Competence and the Public Interest

  1. Evaluating Presidential Candidates:  What are the grounds for choice among presidential candidates?  How important is character, relative to issue positions and track-record, in appraising the qualifications of candidates?  How well does the presidential selection system work?

            1.  Introduction:  Five Dimensions of Presidential Leadership

            2.  Candidate Qualifications

            3.  Character:  Avoiding Troubled Candidates

D.  Course Conclusion:  The Division of Labor

 

Grading Policy

  1. Two short-answer essay mid-term examinations (30% of grade each)
  2. Comprehensive two-question essay final examination (40% of grade)
  3. Regular attendance (After 2 “free” absences course grade subject to decrease by ½ letter grade per subsequent absence).

Texts

J. Pfiffner (2011) The Modern Presidency, 6th ed.

M. Nelson, ed. (2012) The Evolving Presidency, 4th ed.

F. Greenstein (2009) The Presidential difference, 3d.ed.

Regular newspaper reading—presidency stories in New York Times, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal.

 

 

GOV 330K • The American President

38779 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM CLA 1.104

Course Description: 

This course explores the nature of presidential leadership through an examination of the leadership strategies of past presidents and the current incumbent.  The goals are to deepen your understanding of how the presidency works and to sharpen your ability to assess the qualifications of candidates and the job performance of presidents.

 

Grading Policy:

  1. Two short-answer essay mid-term examinations (30% of grade each)
  2. Combination take-home final/mini-term paper (40% of grade)
  3. Regular attendance (After 2 “free” absences course grade subject to decrease by ½ letter grade—five points--per subsequent absence).

 

Texts:

J. Pfiffner (2011) The Modern Presidency, 6th ed.

M. Nelson, ed. (2012) The Evolving Presidency, 4th ed.

F. Greenstein (2009) The Presidential difference, 3d.ed.

Regular newspaper reading—presidency stories in New York Times, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal.

 

GOV 381L • The American Presidency

39045 • Spring 2013
Meets W 12:30PM-3:30PM BAT 5.102
(also listed as P A 388K)

Course Description:The course is cross-listed in the Government Department and the LBJ School, which reflects its interdisciplinary and theory-practice orientation. Course topics and readings offer an overview of the interdisciplinary field of presidency studies. The three broad questions that integrate the disparate topics covered are “How does the presidency work?”  “What is presidential leadership and what makes it effective?”  “What is the state of scholarly research on these topics?” The course has three aims: To provide a coherent introduction to the major literature on the presidency, to identify and address enduringly important research and operational questions about the institution and its central figure, and to sharpen student problem clarification, writing, deliberation and presentation skills.

 

Grading Policy:

1. Six 'reaction' papers. (30%) 3-5 pages, (assigned questions are starred * on outline)

2.  Two brief presentations (with handouts) on outside readings (20%)3. Final paper. (15%) Topic depends on student objectives. 4. Final paper presentation (15%) 5. Verbal participation (20%) in seminar discussions. 

Texts:Most of the following titles have been ordered through the Co-op: 

Buchanan, Bruce. 2013. Presidential Power and Accountability.  New York:  Routledge.  Available on Blackboard

Morris, Irwin L.  2010. The American Presidency:  An Analytical Approach.  New York:  Cambridge University Press.

Nelson, M. 2010. The Presidency and the Political System. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 9th ed. Greenstein, F.2009 The Presidential Difference, 3rd ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Jones, Charles O. 2005. The Presidency in A Separated System, 2d ed. Washington, D.C.: Brookings. Ippolito, Dennis S.  2003.  Why Budgets Matter.  University Park, PA:  Pennsylvania State University Press.

Neustadt, R.E. 1990. Presidential Power. New York: Free Press, 4th ed

 

Additional required readings in Readings Packet (designated “RP” on syllabus) and on this course’s Blackboard site (designated BB on syllabus).  The RP is available at Speedway Copying in Dobie Mall. You are also expected to be up-to-date on major presidential news.

 

 

 

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

38610 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM WEL 3.502

Course Description

Purpose:

This course seeks to help you do better the two things citizens must do well if the presidency is to work:  choose and judge presidents.  It tries to offer useful answers to the question, “Where should I look and what should I look for to better choose and judge?”  The concepts and information presented are similar to those found in other presidency courses, but with one important difference.  Here they are subordinated to the citizen’s-eye-view of the presidency and tested for relevance to the evaluation of presidential performance and presidential candidate qualifications.

Organization:  

The course is organized into the following three parts and associated lecture topics.

A.  Presidential Precedents How do past presidents (and national experience, and changing circumstances) influence the way an incumbent chief executive performs and is judged?

  1. Introduction:  Functions and Values

  2. The Presidency Defined and Launched: Washington

  3.The Presidency Democratized:  Jefferson and Jackson                          

  4.  Presidential Morality and Power:  Polk and Lincoln

          5.  The Presidency Modernized:  TR, Wilson, FDR

          6.  Why Reputations Change:  Truman, Eisenhower, JFK

          7.  The Impact of Vietnam and Watergate:  Johnson and Nixon

          8.  Preliminary Appraisals:  From Ford to Bush II

          9.  The Lessons of Presidential   History

B.  Current Presidential Operations  What is the president's "job description", and how can we tell if the incumbent is performing well?

            1.  Introduction:  The Grounds for Judgment

            2.  The Campaign for Office

            3.  The Domestic Policy Arena

            4.  Confronting Congress

            5.  Media:  The Classic Dilemma

            6.  The Budget and Economic Policy

            7.  Foreign Policy

            8.  Presidential Competence and the Public Interest

C.  Evaluating Presidential Candidates.  What are the reasons for preferring one presidential candidate to another?

            1.  Introduction:  Five Dimensions of Presidential Leadership

            2.  Candidate Qualifications

            3.  Character:  Avoiding Troubled Candidates 

D.  Course Conclusion:  The Division of Labor

 

Grading Policy

2 multiple choice mid-term examinations 30% each

1 essay final exam, 40%

- Attendance is required. More than three absences = lower course grade (one-half letter grade reduction for each absence after three).

- Make-up exams are for emergencies only, not for scheduling convenience.  Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Students facing emergencies must notify the instructor or a T.A. before missing an exam unless it is physically impossible 

- Unexcused absences from any scheduled exam may result in a score of zero for that exam.

 

 

Texts

J.A. Pika, and J.A. Maltese. 2013.  The Politics of the Presidency, (8th Edition).

M. Nelson, ed. 2012. The Evolving Presidency. (4th Edition).

One national daily newspaper:  e.g., The Washington Post, New York Times, or Wall Street Journal.

 

Other readings on Blackboard (as indicated on weekly schedule) 

T C 357 • The Responsible Presidency

43040 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM UTC 3.120

This is a Plan II Junior Seminar and writing flag course. Its purpose is to sharpen your thinking, research, speaking and writing skills. The principal method is a research project that requires use of all these skills.  In this course we will examine the following questions and themes.  What systems are in place to hold presidents responsible for their actions/policy decisions and how do these parts interact?  What are the strengths and weaknesses of this system of responsibility?   What role specifically does the public play in presidential responsibility?   How can we tell if a president is being effectively held to account?  What incentives does a system of checks and balances give the president?  What happens to presidential responsibility under conditions of polarization?   Under what conditions do the agents of accountability hinder, leave untouched, or enhance the prospects for presidential effectiveness?  From the perspective of responsibility, we will look at policy decisions of various presidents related to issues such as the economy, foreign relations, education, health care and examine case studies from the Vietnam war, the Iraq war, the Korean war, among others.  Formal expectations and grading criteria are as follows:   

Text/Readings:

Kleinerman, B.  2009.  The Discretionary President. (Available at coop)

Reading packet to be available at UT copy center

Additional readings on Blackboard

Graded Assignment Categories

1. Mid-Term and Take-Home Final                                                   25%

2. Formal presentation on research project                                      25%

3. Research project rough draft and 12-15 pp. final report                25%

4. Citizen interviewing and coding activities                                     25%

 

About the Professor

Professor Buchanan holds an A.B. Degree from Stanford and a Ph.D. degree from Yale. His specialties include presidential politics, American political institutions and public policy. He has authored several books, among them The Presidential Experience (Prentice-Hall, 1978) and The Citizen's Presidency (Congressional Quarterly, 1987). His latest book, Presidential Power and Accountability, will be published in the fall of 2012 by Routledge Press.

 

 

GOV S330K • The American President

85400 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM MEZ B0.306

Course Description

 This course explores the nature of presidential leadership through an examination of the leadership strategies of past presidents and the current incumbent.  The goals are to deepen your understanding of how the presidency works and to sharpen your ability to assess the qualifications of candidates and the job performance of presidents.

 

Organization: The course is organized into the following three parts and associated lecture topics

 A.    Development of the Presidency:  How and why did presidential power grow?  What does presidential history teach the American people to expect of presidents?  How does historical precedent affect current presidential performance? What is the nature of presidential leadership?

            1.  Introduction:  Functions and Values

            2.  The Presidency Defined and Launched: Washington

            3.  The Presidency Democratized:  Jefferson and Jackson

            4.  Presidential Morality and Power:  Polk and Lincoln

            5.  The Presidency Modernized:  TR, Wilson, FDR

            6.  Why Reputations Change:  Truman, Eisenhower, JFK

            7.  The Impact of Vietnam and Watergate:  Johnson and Nixon

            8.  Preliminary Appraisals:  From Ford to Bush II

            9.  The Lessons of Presidential   History

 B. Current Presidential Operations:  What are the responsibilities of the institution and what resources are available to meet them?  What are the “state of the art” strategies for deploying resources to achieve a president’s political and policy objectives?  How can the quality  of a president’s performance in office be reasonably measured? 

            1.  Introduction:  The Grounds for Judgment

            2.  The Campaign for Office

            3.  The Domestic Policy Arena

            4.  Confronting Congress

            5.  Media:  The Classic Dilemma

            6.  The Budget and Economic Policy

            7.  Foreign Policy

            8.  Presidential Competence and the Public Interest

 C.  Evaluating Presidential Candidates:  What are the grounds for choice among presidential candidates?  How important is character, relative to issue positions and track-record, in appraising the qualifications of candidates?  How well does the presidential selection system work?

    1.  Introduction:  Five Dimensions of Presidential Leadership

            2.  Candidate Qualifications

            3.  Character:  Avoiding Troubled Candidates

 D.  Course Conclusion:  The Division of Labor

 

Grading Policy 

1. Two short-answer essay mid-term examinations (30% of grade each)

2. Comprehensive two-question essay final examination (40% of grade)

3. Regular attendance (After 2 “free” absences course grade subject to decrease by ½ letter grade per subsequent absence).

 

 Texts

J. Pfiffner (2011) The Modern Presidency, 6th ed.

M. Nelson, ed. (2012) The Evolving Presidency, 4th ed.

F. Greenstein (2009) The Presidential difference, 3d.ed.

Regular newspaper reading—presidency stories in New York Times, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal.

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 330K • The American President

38626 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM UTC 3.104

 

Course Purpose

 This course explores the nature of presidential leadership through an examination of the leadership strategies of past presidents and the current incumbent.  The goals are to deepen your understanding of how the presidency works and to sharpen your ability to assess the qualifications of candidates and the job performance of presidents.

Course Organization   The course is organized into the following three parts and associated lecture topics

A. Development of the Presidency:  How and why did presidential power grow?  What does presidential history teach the American people to expect of presidents?  How does historical precedent affect current presidential performance? What is the nature of presidential leadership?            

B. Current Presidential Operations:  What are the responsibilities of the institution and what resources are available to meet them?  What are the “state of the art” strategies for deploying resources to achieve a president’s political and policy objectives?  How can the quality  of a president’s performance in office be reasonably measured?     

C. Evaluating Presidential Candidates:  What are the grounds for choice among presidential candidates?  How important is character, relative to issue positions and track-record, in appraising the qualifications of candidates?  How well does the presidential selection system work?            

                                                           Student Responsibilities

 1.      Two short-answer essay mid-term examinations (30% of grade each)

2.      Comprehensive two-question essay final examination (40% of grade)

3.      Regular attendance (After 2 “free” absences course grade subject to decrease by ½ letter grade per subsequent absence).   

                                                               Required Readings

 J. Pfiffner (2011) The Modern Presidency, 6th ed.

M. Nelson, ed. (2012) The Evolving Presidency, 4th ed.

F. Greenstein (2009) The Presidential difference, 3d.ed.

Regular newspaper reading—presidency stories in New York Times, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal.

GOV 381L • The American Presidency

38905 • Spring 2012
Meets T 12:30PM-3:30PM BAT 5.102
(also listed as P A 388K)

Course Content and Aims

The course is cross-listed in the Government Department and the LBJ School, which reflects its theory-practice orientation. Course topics and readings offer an overview of the interdisciplinary field of presidency studies. The three broad questions that integrate the disparate topics covered are “How does the presidency work?”  “What is presidential leadership and what makes it effective?”  “What is the state of scholarly research on these topics?” The course has three aims: To provide a coherent introduction to the major literature on the presidency, to identify and address enduringly important research and practical questions about the institution and its central figure, and to sharpen student problem clarification, writing, deliberation and presentation skills.

Required Books/Readings  Morris, Irwin L.  2010. The American Presidency:  An Analytical Approach.  New York:  Cambridge University Press.

Nelson, M. 2010. The Presidency and the Political System. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 9th ed.

Kenski, Kate, Bruce W. Hardy, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson.  2010.  The Obama Victory: How Media, Money and Message Shaped the 2008 Election.  New York:  Oxford.

Greenstein, F.2009 The Presidential Difference, 3rd ed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Jones, Charles O. 2005. The Presidency in A Separated System, 2d ed. Washington, D.C.: Brookings.

Ippolito, Dennis S.  2003.  Why Budgets Matter.  University Park, PA:  Pennsylvania State University Press.

Neustadt, R.E. 1990. Presidential Power. New York: Free Press, 4th ed

Additional required readings in Readings Packet that will be available at Speedway Copying in Dobie Mall. You are also expected to be up-to-date on major presidential news.  

Student Responsibilities

1. Six 'reaction' papers. (30%) 3-5 pages.

2.  Two brief presentations (with handouts) on outside readings (20%)

3. Final paper. (15%) Topic depends on student objectives.

4. Final paper presentation (15%)

5. Verbal participation (20%) in seminar discussions.

GOV 312P • Constitutnl Prins: Core Texts

38651 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.306

Close readings from primary texts that have shaped or that reflect deeply upon American democracy, including the Declaration of Independance, the Federalist Papers, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America.  Fulfills second half of the legislative requirement for government. May be taken for credit only once. Government 312R and 312P may not both be counted for credit.

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Am Polit

38863 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM SZB 422

Please check back for updates.

Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

GOV S330K • The American President

85360 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 8:30AM-10:00AM MEZ B0.306

Course Purpose  This course explores the nature of presidential leadership through an examination of the leadership strategies of past presidents and the current incumbent.  The goals are to deepen your understanding of how the presidency works and to sharpen your ability to assess the qualifications of candidates and the job performance of presidents.

Course Organization   The course is organized into the following three parts and associated lecture topics

A.     Development of the Presidency:  How and why did presidential power grow?  What does presidential history teach the American people to expect of presidents?  How does historical precedent affect current presidential performance? What is the nature of presidential leadership?

            1.  Introduction:  Functions and Values

            2.  The Presidency Defined and Launched: Washington

            3.  The Presidency Democratized:  Jefferson and Jackson

            4.  Presidential Morality and Power:  Polk and Lincoln

            5.  The Presidency Modernized:  TR, Wilson, FDR

            6.  Why Reputations Change:  Truman, Eisenhower, JFK

            7.  The Impact of Vietnam and Watergate:  Johnson and Nixon

            8.  Preliminary Appraisals:  From Ford to Bush II

            9.  The Lessons of Presidential   History

B.  Current Presidential Operations:  What are the responsibilities of the institution and what resources are available to meet them?  What are the “state of the art” strategies for deploying resources to achieve a president’s political and policy objectives?  How can the quality  of a president’s performance in office be reasonably measured?   

             1.  Introduction:  The Grounds for Judgment

            2.  The Campaign for Office

            3.  The Domestic Policy Arena

            4.  Confronting Congress

            5.  Media:  The Classic Dilemma

            6.  The Budget and Economic Policy

            7.  Foreign Policy

            8.  Presidential Competence and the Public Interest

C.     Evaluating Presidential Candidates:  What are the grounds for choice among presidential candidates?  How important is character, relative to issue positions and track-record, in appraising the qualifications of candidates?  How well does the presidential selection system work?

            1.  Introduction:  Five Dimensions of Presidential Leadership

            2.  Candidate Qualifications

            3.  Character:  Avoiding Troubled Candidates

 D.  Course Conclusion:  The Division of Labor

                                                           Student Responsibilities

 1.      Two short-answer essay mid-term examinations (30% of grade each)

2.      Comprehensive two-question essay final examination (40% of grade)

3.      Regular attendance                                                                  

 

Required Readings

 J. Pfiffner (2011) The Modern Presidency, 6th ed.

M. Nelson, ed. (2008) The Evolving Presidency, 3d ed.

F. Greenstein (2009) The Presidential difference, 3d.ed.

Regular newspaper reading—presidency stories in New York Times, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal.

GOV 381L • The American Presidency

39130 • Spring 2011
Meets TH 3:30PM-6:30PM BAT 5.102
(also listed as P A 388K)

The course is cross-listed in the Government Department and the LBJ School, which reflects its theory-practice orientation. Course topics and readings offer an overview of the interdisciplinary field of presidency studies. The two broad questions that integrate the disparate topics covered are “How does the presidency work?” and “What is presidential leadership and what makes it effective?”  The course has three aims: To provide a coherent introduction to the major literature on the presidency, to identify and address enduringly important questions about the institution and its central figure, and to sharpen student writing, deliberation and presentation skills.

T C 357 • The Responsible Presidency

43480 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.118

Description:

This is a Plan II Junior Seminar. Its purpose is to sharpen your thinking, research, speaking and writing skills. The principal method is to put everyone to work on a research project that requires use of all these skills.  In this course we will examine the following questions and themes.  What systems are in place to hold presidents responsible for their actions/policy decisions and how do these parts interact?  What are the strengths and weaknesses of this system of responsibility?   What role specifically does the public play in presidential responsibility?   How can we tell if a president is being effectively held to account?  What incentives does a system of checks and balances give the president?  What happens to presidential responsibility under conditions of polarization?   Under what conditions do the agents of responsibility hinder, leave untouched, or enhance the prospects for presidential effectiveness?  From the perspective of responsibility, we will look at policy decisions of various presidents related to issues such as the economy, foreign relations, education, health care and examine case studies from the Vietnam war, the Iraq war, the Korean war and the 1929 stock market crash. Formal expectations and grading criteria related to the projects and other requirements (e.g., exams, attendance, etc.) are as follows:   

 

Texts/Readings:

Rudalevige, Andrew.  2006.  The New Imperial Presidency.  University of Michigan Press

Howell, William G. and Jon C. Pevehouse. 2007.  While Dangers Gather:  Congressional Checks on Presidential Powers Princeton University Press.

Perret, Geoffrey. 2007.  Commander in Chief.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Assignments:

Regular participation in class discussions 25%

Mid-Term and Take-Home Final 25%

Formal presentation on research project 25%

20 page research project final term paper 25%

 

Professor Buchanan holds an A.B. Degree from Stanford and a Ph.D. degree from Yale. His specialties include presidential politics, American political institutions and public policy. He has authored several books, among them The Presidential Experience (Prentice-Hall, 1978) and The Citizen's Presidency (Congressional Quarterly, 1987). Professor Buchanan served as executive director of the Markle Commission on the Media and the Electorate, a project described in Electing A President: The Markle Commission Research on Campaign '88 (University of Texas, 1991). He was project director for the Markle Foundation Studies of the 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns, which led to his 1996 book, Renewing Presidential Politics (Rowman and Littlefield) and a forthcoming book entitled Presidential Campaigns and American Democracy.

GOV S330K • The American President

84870 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTHF 8:30AM-10:00AM MEZ B0.306

Course Description:
This course explores the nature of presidential leadership through an examination of the leadership strategies of past presidents and the current incumbent.  The goals are to deepen your understanding of how the presidency works and to sharpen your ability to assess the qualifications of candidates and the job performance of presidents.

Grading Policy:
1.     Two essay mid-term examinations (30% of grade each)
2.     Essay final examination (40% of grade)
3.     Regular attendance
 
Textbooks:
J. Pfiffner (2011) The Modern Presidency, 6th ed.
M. Nelson, ed. (2008) The Evolving Presidency, 3d ed.
F. Greenstein (200) The Presidential difference, 3d.ed.
Regular newspaper reading—presidency stories in New York Times, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal.

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

38730 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 1.306

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Am Pol-W

39315 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM PAR 306

Please check back for updates.

Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Am Pol-W

38455 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAR 301

Please check back for updates.

Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

39340 • Fall 2008
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 1.306

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV S312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

86085 • Summer 2008
Meets MTWTHF 8:30AM-10:00AM WEL 2.122

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

39870 • Fall 2007
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.306

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Am Polit

40185 • Fall 2007
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 306

Please check back for updates.

Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

39590 • Fall 2006
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.306

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

37630 • Spring 2006
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 106

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Amer Pol-W

38010 • Spring 2006
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM RLM 6.112

Please check back for updates.

Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

36180 • Spring 2005
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 106

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Amer Pol-W

36505 • Spring 2005
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BUR 228

Please check back for updates.

Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

34915-34930 • Spring 2004
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM WAG 101

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Amer Pol-W

35190 • Spring 2004
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BIO 301

Please check back for updates.

Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

34505-34530 • Spring 2003
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM UTC 2.102A

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Amer Pol-W

34895 • Spring 2003
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BIO 301

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Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

34465-34490 • Spring 2002
Meets MW 9:00AM-10:00AM UTC 2.102A

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 370L • Leader/Follower In Amer Pol-W

34800 • Spring 2002
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BIO 301

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Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

 

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

34520 • Spring 2001
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 106

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

34275 • Spring 2000
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 106

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

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