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Presidential Selection : Theory and Development - James W. Ceaser

Presidential Selection

Theory and Development

Paperback Published: 21st June 1979
ISBN: 9780691021881
Number Of Pages: 388

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Examining the development of the process of presidential selection from the founding of the republic to the present day, James Ceaser contends that many of the major purposes of the selection system as it was formerly understood have been ignored by current reformers and modern scholars. In an attempt to reverse this trend, Professor Ceaser discusses the theories of selection offered by leading American statesmen from the Founders and Thomas Jefferson to Martin Van Buren and Woodrow Wilson. From these theories he identifies a set of criteria for a sound selection system that he then uses to analyze and evaluate the recent changes in the selection process.

Five normative functions of a presidential selection system comprise the author's criteria: it should minimize the harmful effects of ambitious contenders for the office, promote responsible executive leadership and power, help secure an able president, ensure a legitimate accession, and provide for an appropriate amount of choice and change.

Professor Ceaser finds that the present system is characterized by weak parties and candidate-centered campaigns that lead to the problems of "image" politics and demagogic leadership appeals. He therefore argues for a more republican selection system in which political parties would be strengthened to serve as a restraining force on popular authority, public opinion, and individual aspirations for executive power.

Prefacep. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
The Foundersp. 41
Presidential Selection in the Jeffersonian Erap. 88
Martin Van Buren and the Case for Electoral Restraintp. 123
Woodrow Wilson and the Origin of the Modern View of Presidential Selectionp. 170
The Development of the Presidential Selection System in the Twentieth Centuryp. 213
Modern Party Reformp. 260
Conclusionp. 304
Bibliographyp. 354
Indexp. 365
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ISBN: 9780691021881
ISBN-10: 0691021880
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 21st June 1979
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5