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The President as Party Leader (Contributions in Political Science)

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"He is well versed in the lore of the institution. The text abounds with anecdotes, and general readers will be enlightened."-Journal of Politics

?He is well versed in the lore of the institution. The text abounds with anecdotes, and general readers will be enlightened.?-Journal of Politics

About the Author

JAMES W. DAVIS is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Western Washington University. He is the author of The American Presidency: A New Perspective (1987), National Conventions in an Age of Party Reform (Greenwood, 1983), and Presidential Primaries: Road to the White House (Greenwood, 1980).


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Product Details

  • Series: Contributions in Political Science
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (March 30, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275941124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275941123
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,261,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If the political party of Governors or Presidents is reviewed for the last 400 years, what can be found most frequently is that the political party of those persons has been dropped - in recognition of the fact that a Governor or President represents all of the persons under his/her jurisdiction. To govern otherwise would be political darwinism at its finest and most detrimental.

Historical ethics of the separation between political party and political office has not been maintained, however, and today politicians are often considered the leaders of their party rather than holders of public office. Party comes first, not second or third - as one might surmise is characteristic of the nature of the office, and how it is obtained.

Oaths of office are no longer first in the minds of citizens either, and the tolerance for political leadership far exceeds the expectations of the nature of the office-holder to perform the rigors of the office.

Presuming that there is no difference between political darwinism and economic darwinism, deciding how much darwinism the people governed can sustain becomes the principle beneath any scrutiny of government. While some might imagine that obligations of office holders may be adverse to political party interests, there is no basis for such belief if it is not the political parties who operate government in remote through influence upon the throne. While advancing party interests, using current office holders to lead the way, it rather verifies the reality that political office holders are little more than puppets of political organizations.

Otherwise, there would be no need to use them at all.
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