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Bachelor of Arts
Political Science and International Affairs
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What is the nature of presidential power? What are its limits, and what recognizable forms does it take? These were the questions the late Richard Neustadt attempted to answer in his seminal work Presidential Power and the Modern American Presidents. Neustadt’s prescience and the eloquence he brought to discussions of the presidency inform much of the contemporary literature on the subject. That said, his book was published at a decidedly different moment in American politics, necessitating a reevaluation of many of his core arguments. This paper explores the modern presidential-congressional dynamic, focusing on the development of the legislative presidency and how presidents attempt to push forward their legislative agenda. Neustadt’s insights will be applied to two recent case studies to shed light on the extent to which his model of presidential power is still applicable in the modern age.
Engel, Jeremy, "Presidential Power Reconsidered: A Contemporary Look at Neustadtian Bargaining" (2020). Student Research Submissions. 312.