The Presidency: Facing Constitutional Crossroads
Edited by the Miller Center's Michael Nelson and Barbara A. Perry, this collection of essays provides deep historical and constitutional context
Praise for the book
When you come to a crossroads, choose wisely. This rich collection can help our nation do just that, arriving at our moment of anxiety over the way forward. Each scholarly treatise reminds that the presidency has faced and survived constitutional chasms. The history and careful political scholarship offered here should enlighten and inspire us all.
—Ann Compton, former ABC News White House correspondent
“During times of system-threatening crisis, the American people have looked to vigorous presidential direction in ways only faintly seen in the formal text of the Constitution,” writes Russell Riley
The living presidency
“Over the course of the [Constitutional] Convention, the executive crystallized into an American version of European monarchies,” says Saikrishna Prakash
The personal presidency
"[T]he rhetorical presidency has expanded its personal dimensions and grown ever closer to and more dependent on the people," say Barbara Perry and Stefanie Georgakis Abbott
The Presidency at a Crossroads
In one of his final appearances at the Center, the late Jim Lehrer discusses the Miller Center's ambitious new presidential research agenda, and the office itself, with Director and CEO Bill Antholis and Director of Presidential Studies Barbara Perry
About the editors
Michael Nelson is the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College and a senior fellow at the Miller Center. In recent years his books have won the American Political Science Association’s Richard Neustadt Award and the Southern Political Science Association’s V.O. Key Award.
Barbara A. Perry is the Gerald L. Baliles Professor and director of Presidential Studies at the Miller Center, where she co-directs the Presidential Oral History Program. She has authored or edited 16 books on presidents, First Ladies, the Kennedy family, the Supreme Court, and civil rights and civil liberties.