Political Science 3300      The American Presidency       March 7, 2012


The President and the Political Parties

1. Why Parties?

 

2. Realignments

 

3 examples: 1860, 1932, 1980

 

 

3.  President Make Politics

   

The Parties' role in Presidential Governance

 

    The New Deal Democrats & Labor

 

    The Reagan Republicans and conservative Christians

 

4. Political Polarization

 

 

 


 

Presidents in Political Time

 

(We are doing this topic earlier than listed in the syllabus)

 


Presidential Leadership Disrupt Politics

 

 

Presidents come into office in different situations (remember Tichenor):

 

 

 

     Is the political order weak or strong?

 

 

 

 

    Are they affiliated with the existing order or opposed to it?

 

 

 

Presidents confront Four Types of Political Circumstances

    These recur over and over in American history

 

 

 

 

Strong Political Order

 

Weak Political Order

President is affiliated
with the existing
political order

 

     AFFILIATION

 

     DISJUNCTION

President is opposed to the existing political order

 

     PREEMPTION

 

 RECONSTRUCTION

 

 

1. The Politics of Reconstruction:

    The existing political order is weak, and the president is from the other party

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Politics of Affiliation

    The existing political order is strong, and the president is from the same party

 

 

 

 

 

3. The Politics of Disjunction

    The existing political order is weak, and the president is from the same party

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Politics of Preemption

    The existing political order is strong, and the president is from the other party