The Progression of the American Presidency

Individuals, Empire, and Change

  • Authors
  • Jim Twombly

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction and Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-12
  3. Presidential Candidate Selection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
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      Pages 25-32
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      Pages 33-44
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      Pages 45-51
  4. The Individual Presidency

  5. The Presidency in Isolation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
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      Pages 117-123
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      Pages 125-136
  6. The Presidency Interacting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
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      Pages 139-146
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      Pages 153-166
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      Pages 167-179
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 211-255

About this book


The contemporary presidency, and the nation it governs, is more dependent on the individual in office than ever before. The Progression of the American Presidency examines in detail the institution of the American presidency from the selection process, to the president's individual responsibilities, to his interactions with other actors in the political arena. Twombly argues that regardless of how well suited a particular individual may be for a specific time in office, he or she will leave an indelible imprint on the office for those who follow. Each successful president changed the institution in which he served by expanding its scope and power and raising the bar of public (and historical) expectations. Both scholarly and conversational, The Progression of the American Presidency is essential reading for anyone interested in the evolving state of the Oval Office.


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