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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2005

GOV 381L • 7-The Amercian Presidency

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37910 TH
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
BUR 128

Course Description

Consent of the Graduate Adviser must be obtained. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. This course offers a comprehensive overview of the broad interdisciplinary field of presidency studies. Topics and readings are drawn from a variety of academic disciplines. The unifying question is: what is presidential leadership and what makes it effective?

The course has two aims: The first is to provide a coherent introduction to the important literature on the presidency. The second is to identify questions important enough to be worthy of original research.

Grading Policy

Six "reaction" papers, 3-5 pages, topics assigned: 30% Two brief oral presentations of outside readings: 20% Final paper, topic depends on student objectives: 30% Verbal participation in seminar discussions: 20%


Ceaser & Bush. 2005. Red Over Blue. Greenstein, F. 2004. The Presidential Difference, 2nd ed. Lord, Carnes. 2003. The Modern Prince: What Leaders Need to Know Now. Nelson, M. 2003. The Presidency and the Political System. Jones, Charles O. 194. The Presidency in a Separated System. Brody, Richard A. 1991. Assessing The President. Neustadt, R.E. 1990. Presidential Power.


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