Electing Presidents (and Other Ways to Occupy the Oval Office)

Charles O. Jones

in The American Presidency

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780195307016
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365548 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Electing Presidents (and Other Ways to Occupy the Oval Office)

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The design of the executive leadership helped shape the opportunities and establish the boundaries of presidential power. Would it work? ‘Electing Presidents’ looks at how the system of electing presidents developed and adapted and shows that constitutional construction and history were on the side of maintaining the unique method designed by the Founders. There were many initial questions to be ironed out: who would be the candidates? Would there be political parties? What would be the relationship between presidental and vice-presidental selection? Political parties function first and foremost to organize elections. The strength of parties is measured by their capacity to adapt to regional differences, regulations, and voter policy preferences.

Keywords: John Quincy Adams; James Buchanan; Aaron Burr; checks and balances; Henry Clay; Constitution of the United States; House of Representatives; Andrew Jackson; Oval Office; political Parties; separation of powers

Chapter.  6894 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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