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Professor: B. Dan Wood; Office: 2098 Allen Building; Phone: 845-1610; Email: bdanwood@polisci.tamu.edu. Office Hours: 2:30-3:00 TR

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Topic

Text

Chapter

Web Links/Other

8/29

Hello, my name is and this course will...

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8/31

Historical Context

Get ahead on the readings

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Liberty! The American Revolution, Episode VI

9/5

How to Study the Presidency

Get ahead on the readings

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The American Presidency Project; Miller Center; Presidents and Executive Politics; Presidents USA

9/7

Presidency and the Constitution

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading
Wood

1
Madison, Hamilton
Chapter 2.

Federalist #67-77; Constitutional Convention Website; www.avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/usconst.asp

9/12

Presidency and the Constitution

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading

Appendix C
Hamilton, Clinton

www.avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/debcont.asp

9/19

Presidency and the Constitution (cont.)

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading
Ellis and Nelson

Appendix C
Fisher 1,Pfiffner 1,Fisher 2
1

Debate Topic 1 ; Federalist #67-77

9/26

Evolution of the Presidency

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading
Ellis and Nelson

1
Taft,Roosevelt,Wilson,Lincoln,Skowronek
12

Debate Topic 12 ; Evolution of the Cabinet ; Papers of the Presidents

10/3

Presidential Selection

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading

Ellis and Nelson

2, 11
Pfiffner 2,
Campbell,Fullmer,Weinschenk
4

Debate Topic 4 ; FEC Campaign Finance ; Hoover Campaign Finance Reform Site ; CQ Money Line

10/10

Midsemester Examination

10/17

Presidents, Parties, and Interest Groups

Assigned Reading
Ellis and Nelson

Courser
3

Debate Topic 3 ; Republican National Committee ; Democratic National Committee

10/24

Presidents and the Mass Media

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading
Ellis and Nelson

3
Heclo,Jacobson,Mayer
6

Debate Topic 6; White House Briefing Room; Center for Media and Public Affairs; Media Matters

10/31

Presidents and Public Opinion

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading
Ellis and Nelson

3
Ceaser,Dahl,Rivers,Edwards
8

Debate Topic 8; Gallup ; Roper ; Best Presentation Vote First Part

11/7

The Personal Presidency

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading
Ellis and Nelson

4
Pfiffner 3,Newman,Wayne
7

Debate Topic 7; White House ; Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents; First draft of annotated bibliography due electronically before class on Tuesday, November 7.

11/14

The Institutional Presidency

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading
Ellis and Nelson

6 (275-302)
Brownlow,Cohen,Patterson,Pfiffner 4
14

Debate Topic 14; Executive Organization

11/21

Presidents and Congress

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading
Ellis and Nelson

5
Binder,Neustadt,Lindsay
9

Debate Topic 9; Track Congressional Activity

11/23

Thanksgiving Holiday: Football, Turkey, and Family. Have fun!

11/28

Presidents and the Courts

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading
Ellis and Nelson

7
Thrower,Lobel
13

Debate Topic 13; Oyez Supreme Court Project ; Selected Historic Supreme Court Decisions ; Federal Judiciary
 

12/5

Presidents and the Bureaucracy

Pika et al.
Assigned Reading
Ellis and Nelson

6 (304-328)
Waterman,Howell
11

Debate Topic 11. Federal Agencies ; Executive Orders of the Presidents ; Executive Orders from UCSB; Government Manual. Best Presentation Vote Second Part. Final draft of annotated bibliography due electronically on Tuesday, December 5


Final Exam: 1:00-3:00 pm. Wednesday, December 13