This comprehensive guide is the definitive source for researchers seeking an understanding of those who have occupied the White House and on the institution of the U.S. presidency. Readers turn to Guide to the Presidency for its wealth of facts and analytical chapters that explain the structure, powers, and operations of the office and the president’s relationship with Congress and the Supreme Court. The work is divided into eight distinct subject areas covering every aspect of the U.S. presidency.

Chapter 17 The President and Political Parties

Chapter 17 The President and Political Parties

Chapter 17 The president and political parties
Harold F.Bass Jr.

The president-party relationship gives rise to a significant presidential leadership role, party chief. It also generates noteworthy opportunities and problems for both presidency and party.

National political parties did not exist when the presidency was created in 1787. The emergence of political parties in the decade of the 1790s, however, brought about both an enduring link with the presidency and presidential responsibilities for party leadership. More than two centuries later, in the wake of numerous institutional transformations in both the presidency and the political parties, the linkage and the leadership persist.

Political parties connect citizens with rulers. They also link various public officeholders within the constitutionally designed separated-powers, checks-and-balances federal system that disperses ...

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